Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large genus of shrubby leguminous plants, often spiny, with simple leaves (or leafless) and yellow flowers. There are about 70 Species, natives of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. The woadwaxen or dyers' greenweed, G. tinctoria, was formerly of importance as a dye-plant, giving a bright-yellow color, from which Kendal green was obtained by dipping the texture in a blue solution of woad. Some species are occasionally cultivated for ornament. The common broom, Cytisus scoparius, is by some included in this genus as G. scoparia.
- n. In entomology, a genus of cecidomyians.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of plants including the common broom of Western Europe.
- n. chiefly deciduous shrubs or small trees of Mediterranean area and western Asia: broom
- Latin genista (Wiktionary)
“A: Those are larvae known as Genista caterpillars.”
“This burgeoning cost, in the words of Genista MacIntosh, ex-chief executive, "gave licence to the latent hostility to art and artists that has been evident in this country for a long time".”
“One famous Beaulieu research project sparked itself off when somebody idly broke open several seedpods of the needle whin, Genista anglica, growing on Dyke Heath, and discovered the seeds being devoured by a weevil hidden inside.”
“Evergreen oak woodlands (Quercus ilex, Q. suber), extensive and highly diverse shrublands with a large number of endemic species (i.e. species from the genera Cistus, Lavandula, Genista, Thymus, Erica, etc), and varied semi-natural grasslands, form a complex landscape pattern.”
“Evergreen oak woodlands (Quercus ilex, Q. suber), extensive and highly diverse shrublands with a large number of endemic species (i.e. species from the genera Cistus, Lavandula, Genista, Thymus, Erica, etc.), and varied semi-natural grasslands form a complex landscape pattern.”
“About 2,000 vascular plant species, of which between 10 to 20% are endemics – i.e. Genista berberidea, Aquilegia discolor, Armeria maritima, A. Pubigera, Cytisus ingramii, Linaria faucicola, Petrocoptis viscosa, P. grandiflora.”
“Above the timber line, high mountain summits are mainly characterized by endemic-rich cushion scrub communities, where dwarf Juniper, broom and heather species (Genista legionensis, G. occidentalis, Arctostaphylos crassifolia, Daboecia cantabrica, Erica mackaiana, Ulex gallii) predominate in meadows, peat bogs and rock plant communities.”
“Main depressions and major dune systems have vegetation comprised of tall shrubs (Retama raetam, Ziziphus lotus, Genista saharae, Calligonum comosum) and/or trees (Acacia raddiana, Pistacia atlantica, Tamarix aphylla, Calligonum azel, C. arich).”
“Only the Etna volcano has high summits above the timber line, characterized by a thorny cushion shrub community of Astragalus siculus, Berberis aetniensis, and Juniperus communis alpina, as well as the Etna tree-broom (Genista aetniensis).”
“I looked more closely and began to spot them everywhere: Cynoglossum nigra, Oxalis quinquefolia, Calendula albans, Carophyllata montena, Genista purpurea ascendens ...”
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