from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus (Ephedra) of leafless shrubs, with the stems conspicuously jointed; -- called also shrubby horsetail. There are about thirty species, of which two or three are found from Texas to California.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A general name of the species of the natural order Gnetaceæ-(which see).
  • n. A name of the taxoid conifers.

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

  • n. jointed and nearly leafless desert shrub having reduced scalelike leaves and reddish fleshy seeds


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