[hahy-dreyn-juh, -jee-uh, -dran-]
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.

< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek hydr- hydr-1 + Neo-Latin angea, feminine noun based on Greek angeîon vessel; so called from cup-shaped seed capsule

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

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1753, coined in Mod.L. by Linnæus as compound of Gk. hydr-, stem of hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + angeion "vessel, capsule;" so called from the shrub's cup-shaped seed pods.
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How to grow and arrange a hydrangea wedding bouquet.
It was a hydrangea bush, tall enough to fall into that ambiguous zone between
  bush and tree.
She plunged her elegant fingers into a blue hydrangea on the terrace, to see if
  it needed watering.
Then he picks up his glue gun and a creamy silk hydrangea.
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