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shellflower

[shel-flou-er] /ˈʃɛlˌflaʊ ər/
noun
1.
an eastern Asian plant, Alpinia zerumbet, of the ginger family, having pendulous clusters of fragrant white flowers with variegated markings.
3.
any of several other plants with flowers or parts thought to resemble shells, as those of the genus Tigridia.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; shell + flower
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Encyclopedia Article for shell flower

(Molucella laevis), plant with leafy spikes of cuplike green calyxes surrounding small, white, fragrant corollas within. The flowers are two-lipped and tubular, typical of the mint family (Lamiaceae), order Lamiales.

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