California-fuchsia

California fuchsia

noun
fuchsia ( def 2 ).
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fuchsia

[fyoo-shuh]
noun
1.
a plant belonging to the genus Fuchsia, of the evening primrose family, including many varieties cultivated for their handsome drooping flowers.
2.
Also called California fuchsia. a nonwoody shrub, Zauschneria californica, having large crimson flowers.
3.
a bright, purplish-red color.
adjective
4.
of the color fuchsia: a fuchsia dress.

Origin:
1745–55; < Neo-Latin; named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501–66), German botanist; see -ia

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fuchsia (ˈfjuːʃə)
 
n
1.  any onagraceous shrub of the mostly tropical genus Fuchsia, widely cultivated for their showy drooping purple, red, or white flowers
2.  Also called: California fuchsia a North American onagraceous plant, Zauschneria californica, with tubular scarlet flowers
3.  a.  a reddish-purple to purplish-pink colour
 b.  (as adjective): a fuchsia dress
 
[C18: from New Latin, named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501--66), German botanist]

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fuchsia
"red color," 1923, from the plant, which was named 1753 from the Latinized name of Ger. botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Not related to L. fucus "seaweed, sea wrack, tangle," also the name of a red color prepared from it.
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