Saururus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Saururus type genus of the Saururaceae: lizard's-tails
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n saururus A genus of apetalous plants, of the order Piperaceæ, type of the tribe Saurureæ. It is characterized by naked, bisexual, and racemed flowers, each sessile within a pedicelled bract and consisting of six or eight stamens and of three or four nearly distinct carpels which contain two to four ascending ovules and in fruit coalesce into a capsule that soon separates into three or four roughened nutlets. There are 2 species, S. Loureiri in eastern Asia and S. cernuus in North America, the latter known as lizardtail and breastweed, and extending on the Atlantic coast into Canada. They are smooth herbs with broadly heart-shaped alternate leaves, and numerous small flowers crowded in a terminal catkinlike raceme.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Saururus saw-rōō′rus a genus of apetalous plants of the order Piperaceæ
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. sauros, a lizard, oura, a tail.