schizanthus

schizanthus

[ski-zan-thuhs]
noun
any of several plants of the genus Schizanthus, native to Chile, having numerous variously colored flowers resembling small orchids.
Also called butterfly flower.


Origin:
< Neo-Latin (1794) < Greek schiz- schiz- + ánthos flower; cf. antho-

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schizanthus (skɪtˈsænθəs)
 
n
Sometimes called: poor man's orchid any plant of the Chilean annual genus Schizanthus, some species of which are grown as pot or garden plants for their showy red, white, or yellow orchid-like flowers: family Solanaceae
 
[New Latin, from Greek schizein to cut + anthos flower (from the deeply divided corolla)]

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