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[ik-ser-uh] /ˈɪk sər ə/
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 of ixora
< New Latin (Linnaeus) ≪ Sanskrit īśvara Ishvara; the flowers of some species serve as votive offerings in India Unabridged
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  • The flowers of ixora coccinea have the same general construction as those of the other plants of the order.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • Two jungle flowers now serve as pwr, one a kind of ixora, but the botanical name of the other has not been identified.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • There are many kinds of ixora, all stove shrubs, and all conspicuous for their large heads or rather corymbs of showy flowers.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
Contemporary definitions for ixora

a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree with white or bright-colored flowers

Word Origin

from Sanskrit isvara 'lord' because the flowers are used as votive offerings's 21st Century Lexicon
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