any of several horticultural varieties of a composite plant, Senecio hybridus, of the canary Islands, having clusters of flowers with white, blue, purple, red, or variegated rays.

1590–1600; < Neo-Latin, feminine of cinerārius ashen, equivalent to Latin ciner- (stem of cinis ashes) + -ārius -ary; so named from ash-colored down on leaves Unabridged


noun, plural cineraria [sin-uh-rair-ee-uh] .
a place for depositing the ashes of the dead after cremation.

1875–80; < Latin; see cineraria, -arium Unabridged
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cineraria (ˌsɪnəˈrɛərɪə)
a plant, Senecio cruentus, of the Canary Islands, widely cultivated for its blue, purple, red, or variegated daisy-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C16: from New Latin, from Latin cinerārius of ashes, from cinis ashes; from its downy leaves]

cinerarium (ˌsɪnəˈrɛərɪəm)
n , pl -raria
a place for keeping the ashes of the dead after cremation
[C19: from Latin, from cinerārius relating to ashes; see cineraria]

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any of several ornamental plants that have been developed by florists from species of the genus Senecio or related genera in the composite family Asteraceae. There are two distinct types: the garden species, especially dusty miller (S. cineraria); and the greenhouse varieties of S. cruentus, commonly referred to simply as cinerarias.

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