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equisetum Line breaks: equi|setum
Pronunciation: /ˌɛkwɪˈsiːtəm/

Definition of equisetum in English:

noun (plural equiseta ˌɛkwɪˈsiːtə or equisetums)

Botany
A plant of a genus that comprises the horsetails.
  • Genus Equisetum, family Equisetaceae
Example sentences
  • Give the child lots of warm herb teas, especially horsetail (equisetum), which cleanses the kidneys.
  • Horsetails or equisetum can be your nightmare if you have recently laid tarmacadam.
  • The pond is planted with equisetum, irises, and other water lovers.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Latin equus 'horse' + saeta 'bristle'.

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