Definition of Genus dioscorea
1. Noun. Yams.
Generic synonyms: Plant Genus
Group relationships: Dioscoreaceae, Family Dioscoreaceae, Yam Family
Member holonyms: Yam, Yam Plant, Dioscorea Elephantipes, Elephant's-foot, Hottentot Bread Vine, Hottentot's Bread Vine, Tortoise Plant, Dioscorea Paniculata, Wild Yam
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Dioscorea
Literary usage of Genus dioscorea
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1. Publication by Field Columbian Museum (1902)
"For throughout the genus Dioscorea, species showing closest relationship in the character of the female flowers were found ..."
2. The Intellectual Observer (1866)
"The genus Dioscorea is very prevalent in the tropical regions of the old and new world ; only a small number of species occurring in the northern temperate ..."
3. Cyclopedia of American Horticulture: Comprising Suggestions for Cultivation by Liberty Hyde Bailey, Wilhelm Miller (1902)
"It is closely related to the important genus Dioscorea, differing essentially in the seeds,which are samara-like, having a broad wing at the apex, ..."
4. The Journal of Science by Calcutta Asiatic Society (1866)
"The genus Dioscorea is very numerous in the tropics, only a few species having been found in the temperate zones—for example, the Dioscorea villosa, L., ..."
5. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium by United States National Herbarium, United States National Museum (1905)
"... to the genus Dioscorea are herbaceous perennials with fleshy tuberous roots and twining stems, which, as a rule, die down each year, allowing the plant ..."
6. The Chicago Medical Journal and Examiner (1884)
"I genus, I species: genus dioscorea. D. villosa (Wild Yam Root). Medical properties : Antispasmodic, diaphoretic; used in bilious and female diseases. ..."
7. A Treatise on Food and Dietetics Physiologically and Therapeutically Considered by Frederick William Pavy (1881)
"... the genus Dioscorea, a group of climbing plants belonging to tropical climates. The tuber is oblong, and sometimes grows to the length of three feet, ..."