One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for gas plant
- ‘Virginia especially delighted in what had become an annual June event: taking lighted candles at night into the garden to light the fraxinella, commonly called the gasplant.’
- ‘In the evening before the holiday people suffering from diseases go to places where fraxinella is known to grow.’
Mid 17th century: modern Latin (former specific epithet), diminutive of Latin fraxinus ‘ash tree’ (because of its leaves, thought to resemble those of the ash).
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