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[kal-see-uh-lair-ee-uh] /ˌkæl si əˈlɛər i ə/
any plant of the genus Calceolaria, of the figwort family, various species of which are cultivated for their slipperlike flowers.
Also called slipper flower.
Origin of calceolaria
1840-50; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin calceol(us) small shoe (calce(us) shoe + -olus -ole1) + -āria -aria Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Suppression of the upper lip in such flowers as calceolaria has been termed by Morren "apilary."

    Vegetable Teratology Maxwell T. Masters
  • Every child in our town used to have a calceolaria in her own small garden plot, but I never wanted one.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for calceolaria


any tropical American scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Calceolaria: cultivated for its speckled slipper-shaped flowers Also called slipperwort
Word Origin
C18: from Latin calceolus small shoe, from calceus
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