telegraph plant

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n telegraph plant erect tropical Asian shrub whose small lateral leaflets rotate on their axes and jerk up and down under the influence of sunshine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The telegraph plant of Asia has leaves that flutter constantly, even when there is no breeze.
    • Telegraph plant (Bot) A tick trefoil (Meibomia gyrans formerly Desmodium gyrans), native of the East Indies; it is a leguminous plant whose lateral leaflets jerk up and down like the arms of a semaphore, and also rotate on their axes.
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Usage

In literature:

Hedysarum or Desmodium gyrans, the telegraph-plant.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Aloft in the same quiet quarter, Saint-Sulpice rears its two unequal towers, on which Chappe planted the great arms of his aerial telegraph.
"Nooks and Corners of Old Paris" by Georges Cain
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In news:

It was the final environmental permit needed for the $2 billion Plant Washington project to move ahead, The Macon Telegraph reports.
The Telegraph reports that the first exercises are being held at the Guardian Centers at the former Northrop Grumman plant in Perry.
In a new interview with the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph, Robert Plant has revealed that he is ditching his recent "country" vocal style, which he employed on recent Band Of Joy and Alison Krauss collaborations.
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