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[hahy-dreyn-juh, -jee-uh, -dran-] /haɪˈdreɪn dʒə, -dʒi ə, -ˈdræn-/
any shrub belonging to the genus Hydrangea, of the saxifrage family, several species of which are cultivated for their large, showy flower clusters of white, pink, or blue.
Origin of hydrangea
< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek hydr- hydr-1 + New Latin angea, feminine noun based on Greek angeîon vessel; so called from cup-shaped seed capsule Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for hydrangea


any shrub or tree of the Asian and American genus Hydrangea, cultivated for their large clusters of white, pink, or blue flowers: family Hydrangeaceae
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek hudōr water + angeion vessel: probably from the cup-shaped fruit
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Word Origin and History for hydrangea

1753, coined in Modern Latin by Linnæus as compound of Greek hydr-, stem of hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + angeion "vessel, capsule" (see angio-); so called from the shrub's cup-shaped seed pods.

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