Definition of ephedra in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɛˈfɛdrə/


An evergreen shrub of warm arid regions which has trailing or climbing stems and tiny scale-like leaves.
  • Family Ephedraceae and genus Ephedra.
Example sentences
  • The vegetation is a mix of grasses, annual herbs and isolated patches of mesquite, cholla, ephedra and yucca.
  • She had been taking a weight-loss product containing caffeine and the herb ephedra on-and-off for three years.
  • But some featured other herbs containing ephedrine, the active ingredient in the herb ephedra.


Modern Latin, from Latin, 'equisetum' (which it resembles), from Greek.

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