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Related to derris: Derris elliptica
(Plants) any East Indian leguminous woody climbing plant of the genus Derris, esp D. elliptica, whose roots yield the compound rotenone
[C19: New Latin, from Greek: covering, leather, from deros skin, hide, from derein to skin]
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any of various Old World plants of the genus Derris, legume family, the roots of which contain rotenone.
[1855–60; New Latin < Greek: a covering, derivative of déros skin, hide; see derma1]
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|Noun||1.||derris - any of various usually woody vines of the genus Derris of tropical Asia whose roots yield the insecticide rotenone; several are sources of native fish and arrow poisons|
genus Derris - genus of Old World tropical shrubs and woody vines
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