from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of monocotyledonous plants, of the order Dioscoreaceæ.


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  • The Century Dictionary tells us "The 2 species are natives of South Africa. They are lofty climbers with slender twining stems, alternate leaves, and small racemose flowers, which are diœcious and spreading or broadly bell-shaped, with a three-celled ovary becoming in fruit a three-winged capsule. They are known as elephant's-foot and as Hottentot's-bread."

    November 4, 2010

  • Hottentot's-bread?

    November 4, 2010