any of a genus (Lespedeza) of annual or perennial plants of the pea family, cultivated for forage, hay, soil improvement, etc.
Origin of lespedezaModern Latin Lespedeza, based on erroneous reading of the name of V. M. de Céspedes, 18th-c. Spanish governor of eastern; English Florida
See bush clover.
Origin of lespedezaNew Latin Lespedeza, genus name, after V.M. de Céspedez, (misread as Léspedez; fl. 1785), Spanish governor of Florida.