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xenia

[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh] /ˈzi ni ə, ˈzin yə/
noun, Botany
1.
the influence or effect of pollen on a structure other than the embryo, as the seed or fruit.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < New Latin < Greek xenía hospitality. See xen(o)-, -ia
Related forms
xenial, adjective

Xenia

[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh] /ˈzi ni ə, ˈzin yə/
noun
1.
a city in W Ohio.
2.
a female given name.
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xenia

/ˈziːnɪə/
noun
1.
(botany) the influence of pollen upon the form of the fruit developing after pollination
Derived Forms
xenial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek: hospitality, from xenos guest
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Word Origin and History for xenia

Xenia

city in Ohio, from Greek xenia "hospitality," literally "state of a guest," from xenos "guest" (see guest). Founded 1803 and named by vote of a town meeting, on suggestion of the Rev. Robert Armstrong to suggest friendliness and hospitality.

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Xenia

city, seat (1804) of Greene county, southwestern Ohio, U.S., near the Little Miami River, about 15 miles (25 km) east-southeast of Dayton. It was founded in 1803 by Joseph C. Vance, who gave it a Greek name meaning "hospitality." The arrival of the railroads in the 1840s provided impetus for its growth as a trading centre for farmers and stock raisers. Small manufactures (furniture, cordage, plastics, castings, and aircraft components) supplement its agricultural base. The log cabin (1799) of James Galloway, frontier scout and American Revolutionary War soldier, is preserved as a historic monument. Parts of Xenia were rebuilt after tornadoes in 1974 destroyed nearly half of the city. Nearby educational institutions include two historically important black universities at Wilberforce: Central State University (1887) and Wilberforce University (1856, African Methodist Episcopal). Inc. town, 1817; city, 1834. Pop. (2000) 24,164; (2005 est.) 23,600.

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