ixora

ixora

[ik-ser-uh]
noun
any of numerous tropical shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Ixora, of the madder family, having glossy leaves and clusters of showy flowers in a variety of colors.

Origin:
< Neo-Latin (Linnaeus) ≪ Sanskrit īśvara Ishvara; the flowers of some species serve as votive offerings in India

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Main Entry:  ixora
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree with white or bright-colored flowers
Etymology:  from Sanskrit isvara 'lord' because the flowers are used as votive offerings
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