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[New Latin, diminutive of Latin fraxinus, ash tree; see bherəg- in Indo-European roots.]


(Plants) another name for gas plant
[C17: from New Latin: a little ash tree, from Latin frāxinus ash]

gas′ plant`

a plant, Dictamnus albus, of the rue family, native to Eurasia, having clusters of flowers and strong-smelling foliage that emits a flammable vapor. Also called fraxinella , dittany.
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Noun1.fraxinella - Eurasian perennial herb with white flowers that emit flammable vapor in hot weatherfraxinella - Eurasian perennial herb with white flowers that emit flammable vapor in hot weather
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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"A flower," he replied and the professor asked, "What type?" Gary supplied the proper name, dittany, for the poeticized one, which displeased the professor, who afterward explained that the Rutaceae known as fraxinella was, in fact, what Keats had had in mind, a flower that in hot weather emitted a flammable vapor and in classical mythology was reputed to expel arrows from the body.
Rauter's descriptions of secretory cavity development in Dictamnus fraxinella Pets.
Root damage and water stress: treatments affecting the exploitation of the buds of common ash Fraxinus excelsior by the larvae of the ash bud moth Prays fraxinella. Oecologia 96(1): 134-139.