corchorus

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Corchorus widely distributed genus of tropical herbs or subshrubs; especially Asia
    • n corchorus any of various plants of the genus Corchorus having large leaves and cymose clusters of yellow flowers; a source of jute
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Corchorus (Bot) The common name of the Kerria Japonica or Japan globeflower, a yellow-flowered, perennial, rosaceous plant, seen in old-fashioned gardens.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n corchorus A genus of tropical plants, natural order Tiliaceæ. They are herbs or small shrubs with serrated leaves and small yellow flowers. There are several species, of which the most remarkable and most widely diffused is C. olitorius, which is cultivated in Egypt as a pot-herb. It is sold by the Jews about Aleppo, and hence it is sometimes called Jews'-mallow. This and a closely allied species (C. capsularis, Chinese hemp) are much cultivated in India and eastern Asia, for the fine, soft, and silky fiber of the inner bark, which is known as jute- or gunny-fiber. It is much used in the manufacture of carpets and gunny-bags, and is the material of which the genuine Algerian curtains, cloths of Smyrna, and tapestries of Teheran and Herat are made. C. siliquosus is a common species of the West Indies and Central America. See jute.
    • n corchorus [lowercase] An ornamental shrubby plant of Japan, Kerria Japonica, of the natural order Rosaceæ, with showy, usually double, yellow flowers, frequently cultivated in gardens.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Corchorus kor′ko-rus a genus of tropical plants cultivated for their fibre, which is the jute of commerce.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Nl., fr. L. corchorus, a poor kind of pulse, Gr. ko`rchoros a wild plant of bitter taste
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.