Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the tribe Genisteae — broom.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of plants including the common broom of Western Europe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large genus of shrubby leguminous plants, often spiny, with simple leaves (or leafless) and yellow flowers.
  • n. In entomology, a genus of cecidomyians.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. chiefly deciduous shrubs or small trees of Mediterranean area and western Asia: broom

Etymologies

Latin genista (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A: Those are larvae known as Genista caterpillars.

    Times Record News Stories

  • 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".

    The Royal Opera House: Welcome to the new people's palace | Observer Profile

  • 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.

    Wildwood

  • 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.

    Southwest Iberian Mediterranean sclerophyllous and mixed forests

  • 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.

    Iberian sclerophyllous and semi-deciduous forests

  • 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.

    Cantabrian mixed forests

  • 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.

    Cantabrian mixed forests

  • 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).

    North Saharan steppe and woodlands

  • 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).

    South Appenine mixed montane forests

  • I looked more closely and began to spot them everywhere: Cynoglossum nigra, Oxalis quinquefolia, Calendula albans, Carophyllata montena, Genista purpurea ascendens ...

    In the Garden of Iden

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