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[hoo-stoh-nee-uh] /huˈstoʊ ni ə/
any North American plant, belonging to the genus Houstonia, of the madder family, especially H. caerulea, the common bluet.
Origin of houstonia
1755-65; < New Latin, named after Dr. W. Houston (died 1733), British botanist; see -ia Unabridged
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  • Our houstonia and hepatica would probably become a deep blue in that country.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • It is prettier than the violet, and larger and deeper colored than our houstonia.

    Fresh Fields John Burroughs
  • Under a warm bank found two flowers of the houstonia in bloom.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • houstonia and Mitchella, or Partridge-berry, are excellent and familiar examples.

  • That sociablest of flowers, the little houstonia, was very abundant.

    A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In another locality I might have brought him dwarf cornel, or the houstonia, or wood-sorrel, or the evening-primrose.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for houstonia


any small North American rubiaceous plant of the genus Houstonia, having blue, white, or purple flowers
Word Origin
C19: named after Dr. William Houston (died 1733), Scottish botanist
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