lobelia

lobelia

[loh-beel-yuh]
noun
any herbaceous or woody plant of the genus Lobelia, having long clusters of blue, red, yellow, or white flowers.
Compare lobelia family.


Origin:
1730–40; < Neo-Latin; named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist, physician to James I of England; see -ia

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lobelia (ləʊˈbiːlɪə)
 
n
any plant of the campanulaceous genus Lobelia, having red, blue, white, or yellow five-lobed flowers with the three lower lobes forming a lip
 
[C18: from New Latin, named after Matthias de Lobel (1538--1616), Flemish botanist]

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