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[fyoo-shuh] /ˈfyu ʃə/
a plant belonging to the genus Fuchsia, of the evening primrose family, including many varieties cultivated for their handsome drooping flowers.
Also called California fuchsia. a nonwoody shrub, Zauschneria californica, having large crimson flowers.
a bright, purplish-red color.
of the color fuchsia:
a fuchsia dress.
Origin of fuchsia
1745-55; < New Latin; named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501-66), German botanist; see -ia Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fuchsia
  • Between them, a decorative pot filled with begonia and fuchsia adds a touch of color.
  • Vivid colors such as royal blue, fuchsia and persimmon contributed to the liveliness of the clothes.
  • And when fuchsia pink was inserted, it jarred with the gray elegy.
  • Clarice dreams of being a running back in cleats and fuchsia socks who leaves everyone else in the dust.
  • The trikes are pink and fuchsia with a purple seat and wheels.
  • The recalled trikes are pink and fuchsia with a purple seat and wheels.
British Dictionary definitions for fuchsia


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

red color, 1923, from the ornamental shrub, which was named 1753 from the Latinized name of German botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Not related to Latin fucus "seaweed, sea wrack, tangle," which also gave its name to a red color prepared from it. Latin fucus is from or related to Greek phykos "seaweed," also "red paint, rouge."

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