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

  Tephrosia \Te*phro"si*a\, n. [NL., fr. Gr. ? ash-colored, from ?
     ashes.] (Bot.)
     A genus of leguminous shrubby plants and herbs, mostly found
     in tropical countries, a few herbaceous species being North
     American. The foliage is often ashy-pubescent, whence the
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The Tephrosia toxicaria is used in the West Indies and
           in Polynesia for stupefying fish. T. purpurea is used
           medicinally in the East Indies. T. Virginia is the
           goat's rue of the United States.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: genus of tropical and subtropical herbs or shrubs: hoary
           peas [syn: Tephrosia, genus Tephrosia]

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