One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Indian swamp plant of the pea family, with stems that yield the pith that is used to make sola topis.
- ‘This just may be the ‘uva spinea’ mentioned by Pliny, who added that this is the variety ‘quae sola alitur nebulis’.’
Mid 19th century: from Bengali solā, Hindi śolā.
- feminine form of solus
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