calceolaria

calceolaria

[kal-see-uh-lair-ee-uh]
noun
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:
1840–50; < Neo-Latin, equivalent to Latin calceol(us) small shoe (calce(us) shoe + -olus -ole1) + -āria -aria

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calceolaria (ˌkælsɪəˈlɛərɪə)
 
n
Also called: slipperwort any tropical American scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Calceolaria: cultivated for its speckled slipper-shaped flowers
 
[C18: from Latin calceolus small shoe, from calceus]

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