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Meaning of CALTROP

Pronunciation:  'kaltrup

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  Mediterranean annual or biennial herb having pinkish to purple flowers surrounded by spine-tipped scales; naturalized in America
  2. [n]  a plant of the genus Trapa bearing spiny four-pronged edible nutlike fruits
  3. [n]  tropical annual procumbent poisonous subshrub having fruit that splits into five spiny nutlets; serious pasture weed

CALTROP is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: Centauria calcitrapa, devil's weed, star-thistle, Tribulus terestris, water chestnut, water chestnut plant
 See Also: aquatic plant, centaury, genus Trapa, genus Tribulus, hydrophyte, hydrophytic plant, Jesuits' nut, ling, ling ko, subshrub, suffrutex, Trapa, Trapa bicornis, Trapa natans, Tribulus, water caltrop, water plant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cal"trop\, Caltrap \Cal"trap\, n. [OE. calketrappe,
calletrappe, caltor (in both senses), fr. AS. collr[ae]ppe,
calcetreppe, sort of thistle; cf. F. chaussetrape star
thistle, trap, It. calcatreppo, calcatreppolo, star thistle.
Perh. from L. calx heel + the same word as E. trap. See 1st
1. (Bot.) A genus of herbaceous plants ({Tribulus}) of the
   order {Zygophylle[ae]}, having a hard several-celled
   fruit, armed with stout spines, and resembling the
   military instrument of the same name. The species grow in
   warm countries, and are often very annoying to cattle.

2. (Mil.) An instrument with four iron points, so disposed
   that, any three of them being on the ground, the other
   projects upward. They are scattered on the ground where an
   enemy's cavalry are to pass, to impede their progress by
   endangering the horses' feet.