pelargonium

pelargonium

[pel-ahr-goh-nee-uhm, -er-]
noun
any plant of the genus Pelargonium, the cultivated species of which are usually called geranium. Compare geranium ( def 2 ).

Origin:
1810–20; < Neo-Latin < Greek pelargó(s) stork + (gerá)nion geranium

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pelargonium (ˌpɛləˈɡəʊnɪəm)
 
n
any plant of the chiefly southern African geraniaceous genus Pelargonium, having circular or lobed leaves and red, pink, or white aromatic flowers: includes many cultivated geraniums
 
[C19: via New Latin from Greek pelargos stork, on the model of geranium; from the likeness of the seed vessels to a stork's bill]

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