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[kyoo-fee-uh] /ˈkyu fi ə/
any of various New World plants belonging to the genus Cuphea, of the loosestrife family, having tubular, usually reddish or purple flowers.
Origin of cuphea
< New Latin (1756), irregular < Greek kŷph(os) hump (from the protuberance at the base of the calyx tube) + New Latin -ea -ea Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Pink penstemon and red-and-blue-flowered bat-faced cuphea dot the garden as well.
  • Develop cuphea as a new domestic source of medium-chain fatty acid oil.
  • cuphea seed yield and oil content response to harvest methods.
  • cuphea plant nitrate content and seed yield response to nitrogen fertilizer.
  • He provides technical support for sunflower, cuphea, cultivated flax and miscellaneous oil seed accessions.
  • Potential uses for cuphea oil processing byproducts and processed oils.

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