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  • High up above the rock on the mainland opposite there was a golden glory of ginestra, the broom plant, an expanse of gold so brilliant, so daring in these bare surroundings, that

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  • That's the one. The derivation from Latin to French genêt is comfortingly regular.

    July 31, 2008

  • Is this the same broom flower that gave its name (planta genista) to the Plantagenets, perchance?

    July 31, 2008

  • broom, the plant; the Italian word for it (somehow derived from Latin genista), first attested in English in 1899: 'The glorious ginestra, or mountain broom'.

    July 31, 2008