Definition of Oxytropis in English:

Oxytropis

noun

  • A large genus of the family Fabaceae (Leguminosae), of the north temperate zone, which consists of low-growing, often alpine plants, with pinnate leaves and racemes of purple, white, or yellow flowers; (also oxytropis) a plant of this genus (also called milk-vetch).

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin Oxytropis from ancient Greek ὀξυ- + τρόπις keel, with reference to the pointed projection at the end of the keel of the corolla.

Pronunciation

Oxytropis

/ˌɒksɪˈtrəʊpɪs/