Ephedra



[ih-fed-ruh, ef-i-druh] /ɪˈfɛd rə, ˈɛf ɪ drə/

noun
1.
any of various plants of the genus Ephedra, growing in dry regions and having branching stems with dry scalelike leaves.
/ɪˈfɛdrə/
noun
1.
any gymnosperm shrub of the genus Ephedra, of warm regions of America and Eurasia: the source of ephedrine: family Ephedraceae, phylum Gnetophyta
n.

genus of low, branchy desert shrubs, 1914, from Modern Latin (1737) from Greek ephedra, a name given by Pliny to the horsetail, literally “sitting upon,” from fem. of ephedros, from epi “on” (see epi-) + hedra “seat, base, chair, face of a geometric solid” (see sedentary). The reason for the name is not known.

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