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  1. any plant of the tropical and subtropical leguminous genus Psoralea, having curly leaves, white or purple flowers, and short one-seeded podsSee breadroot
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Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek psōraleos mangy, from psōra mange, an allusion to the glandular dots of the plant
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Historical Examples

  • He appears to have lived chiefly on the Indian-turnip (Psoralea esculenta).

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  • During the day, I had occasionally remarked among the hills the psoralea esculenta, the bread root of the Indians.