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celosia

[si-loh-zhuh, -zhee-uh] /sɪˈloʊ ʒə, -ʒi ə/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Celosia, having small, usually red or yellowish flowers in dense, crested or plumelike spikes.
Compare cockscomb (def 3).
Origin
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus), apparently an irregular derivative of Greek kḗleos burning, from the burnt appearance of the flowers of some species; see -ia
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  • If you get a little confused on your celosia groups, this is the one commonly called flamingo feather.
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celosia

/səˈləʊsɪə/
noun
1.
See cockscomb (sense 2)
Word Origin
New Latin, from Greek kēlos dry, burnt (from the appearance of the flowers of some species)
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