acidanthera

acidanthera

[as-i-dan-ther-uh]
noun
any bulbous African plant belonging to the genus Acidanthera, of the iris family, having sword-shaped leaves and long tubular flowers.
Also called peacock orchid.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1844) < Greek akid- (stem of akís) needle (cognate with Latin acus; see acicula) + Neo-Latin -anthera; see anther, -a2

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acidanthera (ˌæsɪˈdænθərə)
 
n
any plant of the African cormous genus Acidanthera, cultivated for its graceful tubular white and red or white and purple flowers, often scented: family Iridaceae
 
[from Greek akis point + New Latin anthera anther, from the shape of the anthers]

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