puncture vine


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Related to puncture vine: Tribulus terrestris

puncture vine

n.
Any of various cosmopolitan herbaceous plants of the genus Tribulus, especially T. terrestris, which has opposite, compound leaves and spiny fruit, and is used as a dietary supplement primarily for its perceived ability to enhance sexual desire and muscle mass. Also called tribulus.

[From the fact that the fruit can puncture tires.]
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puncture vine

n
(Plants) a tropical or subtropical prostrate vine, Tribulus terrestris, with yellow flowers and a hard, spiny fruit which breaks into five sections at maturity
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A member of the Zygophyllaceae family Tribulus terrestris, also known as Gokshura, Gokharu, or puncture vine, is an annual herb; its aerial parts, roots, and fruits have been used in traditional medicine for anti-inflammatory, diuretic, tonic, antimicrobial, and aphrodisiac purposes for thousands of years in China, India, Pakistan, and Sudan.
Duru and Sahin (2012) assessed the potential effect of applying dietary puncture vine (Tribulus terrestris) powder together with various carriers on blood parameters, growth performance, and carcass characteristics of broiler chicks (Ross 308).
Every North American climate seems to host weeds with these unique talents: quackgrass and bindweed in cold winter climates; Bermuda grass where winters are mild; and sand burs, such as puncture vine, in the West.
Puncture vine (Tribulusterristris L.): All treatments except hand weeding showed statistically similar impact on the density of Tribulusterristris at 65 DAS during both years (Table 2, 3).