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lobelia

[loh-beel-yuh] /loʊˈbil yə/
noun
1.
any herbaceous or woody plant of the genus Lobelia, having long clusters of blue, red, yellow, or white flowers.
Compare lobelia family.
Origin of lobelia
1730-1740
1730-40; < New Latin; named after Matthias de Lobel (1538-1616), Flemish botanist, physician to James I of England; see -ia
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  • It was the room directly above Peggy; and was tenanted, as we have seen, by lobelia Parkins.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • Well, the fact is that I am expecting to hear of lobelia's death at any time.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The Campanulaceae are low annual insignificant weeds, one lobelia excepted, viz.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • Most of the time on the island we spent debating how lobelia come to be on the schooner.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They prefer the most gorgeous reds and scarlets, such as that of Salvia horminum, lobelia cardinalis, and the like.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Peggy took lobelia's hand, and drew it resolutely through her arm.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • lobelia Phillips' will would be opened and read soon, probably at once.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "I—I thought it was Herodotus who was called that," lobelia ventured, timidly.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • Do you happen to know whether there was any of those Boston bonds in lobelia Phillips' estate?

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • lobelia was in bed at this moment, though it was before the usual bedtime.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for lobelia

lobelia

/ləʊˈbiːlɪə/
noun
1.
any plant of the campanulaceous genus Lobelia, having red, blue, white, or yellow five-lobed flowers with the three lower lobes forming a lip
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist
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