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lespedeza

[les-pi-dee-zuh]
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noun
  1. any shrub or herb belonging to the genus Lespedeza, of the legume family, having trifoliolate leaves and lavender flowers, grown for forage, soil improvement, etc.
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Origin of lespedeza

< New Latin (1803), after V. M. de Zespedez (misread as Lespedez), 18th-century Spanish governor of East Florida
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  • During the following winter the stumps are removed, and then in spring the land is plowed and Lespedeza seed sown.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

  • Enough Bermuda has grown in the furrows to insure a stand of Bermuda, and this is supplemented by the Lespedeza.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

  • Indeed, the first season the Lespedeza will furnish more pasturage than the Bermuda.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

  • Lespedeza is rather a tricky plant in Florida and is hardly worth consideration except in the northern part of the State.

    Florida: An Ideal Cattle State

    Florida State Live Stock Association

  • Miyagi is the name of a field which is famous for the Hagi or Lespedeza, a small and pretty shrub, which blooms in the Autumn.