• WordNet 3.6
    • n Oxytropis large widely-distributed genus of evergreen shrubs or subshrubs having odd-pinnate leaves and racemose or spicate flowers each having a pea-like corolla with a clawed petal
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n oxytropis A genus of leguminous plants of the tribe Galegeæ and the subtribe Astragaleæ, distinguished from Astragalus by the sharp appendage on the keel-petals. There are about 200 species, in cold or mountainous regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. They are herbs or shrubs, sometimes set with stiff spines. They bear pinnate leaves, and violet, purple, white, or yellowish flowers in racemes or spikes. O. Lamberti of the Rocky Mountain region, one of the loco-weeds, is a handsome large-flowered example. Many species are suitable for the flower-garden, especially for rockwork and borders. Some Old World species, as O. pilosa, have claims as pasture-herbs in barren soil. The name is sometimes Anglicized as oxytrope. See crazy-weed and loco-weed.
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In literature:

Astragalus alpinus L. Oxytropis campestris (L.) DC.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
Oxytropis microphylla, DC Gueldenstaedtia uniflora, Benth.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury