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.

1745–55; < Neo-Latin; named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501–66), German botanist; see -ia

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To fuchsia
World English Dictionary
fuchsia (ˈfjuːʃə)
1.  any onagraceous shrub of the mostly tropical genus Fuchsia, widely cultivated for their showy drooping purple, red, or white flowers
2.  Also called: California fuchsia a North American onagraceous plant, Zauschneria californica, with tubular scarlet flowers
3.  a.  a reddish-purple to purplish-pink colour
 b.  (as adjective): a fuchsia dress
[C18: from New Latin, named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501--66), German botanist]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

"red color," 1923, from the plant, which was named 1753 from the Latinized name of Ger. botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Not related to L. fucus "seaweed, sea wrack, tangle," also the name of a red color prepared from it.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature