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lespedeza

[ les-pi-dee-zuh ]
/ ˌlɛs pɪˈdi zə /
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noun

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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