Definition of alhagi in English:


Pronunciation /alˈhɑːdʒi/


  • Any of various spiny desert shrubs constituting the Eurasian genus Alhagi (family Fabaceae (Leguminosae)); especially camel thorn, A. maurorum, which exudes a sweet sap from its leaves and branches, thought by some to be the biblical manna.

    Valid publication of the genus name: A. Gagnebin 1755, in Acta Helvetica physico-mathematica 2 59.


Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From (i) French alhagi.