dahlia

[dal-yuh, dahl- or, esp. British, deyl-]
noun
1.
any composite plant of the genus Dahlia, native to Mexico and Central America and widely cultivated for its showy, variously colored flower heads.
2.
the flower or tuberous root of a dahlia.
3.
a pale violet or amethyst color.
adjective
4.
of the color dahlia.

Origin:
1791; < Neo-Latin, named after Anders Dahl (died 1789), Swedish botanist; see -ia

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dahlia (ˈdeɪljə)
 
n
1.  any herbaceous perennial plant of the Mexican genus Dahlia, having showy flowers and tuberous roots, esp any horticultural variety derived from D. pinnata: family Asteraceae (composites)
2.  the flower or root of any of these plants
 
[C19: named after Anders Dahl, 18th-century Swedish botanist; see -ia]

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dahlia
1804, named 1791 for Anders Dahl (1751-1789), Swedish botanist who discovered it in Mexico. No blue variety had ever been cultivated, hence "blue dahlia," fig. for "something impossible or unattainable" (1880).
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Example sentences
No one would ever expect to get a first-rate heartsease or dahlia from the seed of a wild plant.
The edible root, which measures one and a half to two inches in length, resembles a dahlia tuber.
When your flowers are up and ready to cut, see our dahlia cutting tips.
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