• WordNet 3.6
    • n Zygophyllum usually tropical herbs or shrubs having ill-smelling foliage and flower buds that are used as capers: bean capers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zygophyllum A genus of plants, type of the order Zygophylleæ. It is characterized by opposite bifoliolate leaves, flowers with four or five petals, and a sessile ovary with the ovules fixed upon the axis. There are about 60 species, natives of the Old World and of Australia. They are diminutive shrubs, often prostrate, and with spinescent branches. The leaves are opposite, usually composed of two fleshy leaflets armed at the base with spines which represent stipules. The flowers are white or yellow, usually marked near the base with a purple or red spot. Z. Fabago is the bean-caper of the Levant; its flower-buds are used as capers. The aromatic seeds of Z. coccineum are used by the Arabs as pepper. Several species are of local medicinal repute—Z. Fabago as a vermifuge, and Z. simplex, an Arabian plant of nauseous odor, as a remedy for diseases of the eye.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zygophyllum zī-gō-fil′um a genus of plants, natural order Zygophylleæ, of the bean-caper family.
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