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 for Eryngium
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Eryngium \E*ryn"gi*um\ ([-e]*r[i^]n"j[i^]*[u^]m), n. [NL., fr.
     Gr. 'hry`ggion, dim. of 'h`ryggos eryngo; cf. L. eryngion,
     erynge.] (Bot.)
     A large genus of umbelliferous plants somewhat like thistles
     in appearance, cosmopolitan in distribution. Eryngium
     maritimum, or sea holly, has been highly esteemed as an
     aphrodisiac, the roots being formerly candied.
     Syn: genus Eryngium.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: large genus of decorative plants with thistlelike flower
           heads; cosmopolitan in distribution [syn: Eryngium,
           genus Eryngium]

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