from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any one of a small group of plants forming the section Retama (sometimes considered a genus—Boissier, 1839), in the genus Genista.
  • n. In Spanish America, a name applied to several leguminous plants more or less closely resembling plants of the genera Spartium, Genista, and Cytisus: in Porto Rico, Cassia biflora and C. portoricensis; in southern Mexico, Cassia tomentosa; in northern Mexico, Parkinsonia aculeata and Cercidium texanum.

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  • n. small genus of Mediterranean shrubs; often included in genus Genista


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  • A big bush of retama, Spanish broom, beside the steps caught the late afternoon sun...

    - Jon Cleary, Mask of the Andes.

    May 12, 2008