• WordNet 3.6
    • n Lathyrus genus of climbing herbs of Old World and temperate North and South America: vetchling; wild pea
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lathyrus A genus of leguminous plants of the tribe Vicieæ, or vetch family, agreeing in the structure of the flowers with Pisum, the true pea, except that its style is not grooved on the back. See Pisum. There are probably about 120 species of these plants, inhabiting the northern hemisphere and South America. They are vines creeping or climbing by tendrils, often with large and handsome flowers. Several species are known in cultivation, and the wild species are generally known as peas, with qualifying names, that of everlasting pea being applicable to the genus in general. L. macrorhizus, a European species, is the bitter-vetch, carameile, heath-pea, or mouse-pea; L. maritimus, of wide distribution on the sea-coast, is the beach-pea; L. odoratus, a native of Sicily, is the common sweet pea of the gardens; L. latifolius, the everlasting pea of the gardens, is a cultivated variety of the European species L. silvestris. Thirteen species are native in the United States, several of which, as L. ornatus and L. venosus (see cut), have broad leaflets and handsome, showy flowers.
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In literature:

In Lathyrus odoratus the absence of the proper insect has been supposed to prevent crossing.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Now it happened that there was a battle between him and Ptolemy, who was called Lathyrus, who had taken the city Asochis.
"The Wars of the Jews or History of the Destruction of Jerusalem" by Flavius Josephus
By this movement Lathyrus was unable to keep his ground in Coele-Syria, and he took the bold step of marching towards Egypt.
"History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 10 (of 12)" by S. Rappoport
"The Botanical Magazine, Vol. 4" by William Curtis
Lathyrus grandiflorus, 159; L. latifolius, 160.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
His queen was Berenice III., with whom he reigned until they were in turn ousted by Lathyrus.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
Indian pulses are to be avoided on account of the danger of Lathyrus poisoning.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
Lathyrus left one daughter born in wedlock, Berenice, and two illegitimate sons, Ptolemy of Cyprus and Ptolemy Auletes.
"A Manual of Ancient History" by A. H. L. (Arnold Hermann Ludwig) Heeren
She had two sons, Lathyrus and Alexander.
"History of Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt" by Jacob Abbott
There is a very cruel and barbarous action charged to Lathyrus on this occasion.
"Synopsis of Jewish History" by Henry A. Henry
Its citizens appealed to Ptolemy Lathyrus, who had been driven from the throne of Egypt by his mother Cleopatra and was reigning in Cyprus.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various

In news:

Lathyrus 'Flying The Flag' by Thompson & Morgan 'Flying The Flag' is a scented tricolor mixture of red, white and blue sweet peas.
Lathyrus 'Villa Roma Scarlet' by Hem Genetics 'Villa Roma Scarlet' is an exciting new busy-type sweet pea with vivid scaralet-red, sweet-scenting blooms.
I always plant annual flowers in my vegetable garden, and some of the earliest blooming are the sweet pea s (Lathyrus odoratus).