Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of numerous plants of the genus Polygonum and several closely related genera of the family Polygonaceae, characterized by stems with knotlike joints and sheathing stipules.

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  • noun botany Any of many plants, of the family Polygonaceae, embracing a large number of species, including bistort, knotweed, smartweed, etc.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[New Latin Polygonum, genus name, from Greek polugonon, knotgrass : polu-, poly- + gonu, knee; see genu- in Indo-European roots.]

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New Latin, from Greek a kind of plant; many + the knee, a joint of a plant. So called in allusion to the numerous joints

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