1. [syn: Tephrosia, genus Tephrosia]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tephrosia \Te*phro"si*a\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? ash-colored, from ?
A genus of leguminous shrubby plants and herbs, mostly found
in tropical countries, a few herbaceous species being North
American. The foliage is often ashy-pubescent, whence the
Note: The Tephrosia toxicaria is used in the West Indies and
in Polynesia for stupefying fish. T. purpurea is used
medicinally in the East Indies. T. Virginia is the
goat's rue of the United States.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: genus of tropical and subtropical herbs or shrubs: hoary
peas [syn: Tephrosia, genus Tephrosia]