An example of a plant belonging to the genus eryngo.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- any of a genus (Eryngium) of plants of the umbel family, with flowers in dense heads and usually stiff, spiny leaves
- Obsolete the candied root of the sea holly, formerly used as an aphrodisiac
Origin: via Spanish or Italian eringio ; from Classical Latin eryngium ; from Classical Greek eryngion, diminutive of ēryngos, probably ; from ear, eros, spring, hence spring flower
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noun pl. e·ryn·goes
Origin: Alteration of Latin ēryngion, sea holly, from Greek ērungion, diminutive of ērungos.