any of several composite plants of the genus Gazania, native to southern Africa, having showy flowers with variously colored rays.

< Neo-Latin (1791), after Theodorus Gaza (1398–1478), Greek scholar; see -an, -ia Unabridged
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gazania (ɡəˈzeɪnɪə)
Also called: treasure flower any plant of the S. African genus Gazania, grown for their rayed flowers in variegated colours; the flowers close in the afternoon: family Asteraceae
[named after Theodore of Gaza, 1398--1478, translator of the botanical treatises of Theophrastus]

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