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  1. any plant belonging to the genus Genista, of the legume family, having showy flowers and including many species of broom.
  2. a related plant, Cytisus canariensis, of the Canary Islands, having loose clusters of fragrant yellow flowers.
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Origin of genista

1615–25; < New Latin, Latin: the broomplant
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Historical Examples of genista

  • Jacinto Quesada drew back from the entangled buckthorn and genista.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • The other species of Genista should not be pruned, except to keep them in shape.

  • Here he has stopped to survey his rear—there he has lingered to nibble a genista, and the spoor zigzags to and fro.

    Unexplored Spain

    Abel Chapman

  • He afterwards took the name of Plantagenet (Planta genista) and transmitted it to his princely posterity.

  • The Genista tomentosa yields red petals used in dyeing, and containing much tannic acid.