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calceolaria

[kal-see-uh-lair-ee-uh] /ˌkæl si əˈlɛər i ə/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Calceolaria, of the figwort family, various species of which are cultivated for their slipperlike flowers.
Also called slipper flower.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin calceol(us) small shoe (calce(us) shoe + -olus -ole1) + -āria -aria
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British Dictionary definitions for slipper flower

calceolaria

/ˌkælsɪəˈlɛərɪə/
noun
1.
any tropical American scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Calceolaria: cultivated for its speckled slipper-shaped flowers Also called slipperwort
Word Origin
C18: from Latin calceolus small shoe, from calceus
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Encyclopedia Article for slipper flower

slipperwort

any of some 240 to 270 species of flowering plants native from Mexico to South America and named for their flowers' pouchlike shape. They belong to the genus Calceolaria and the family Calceolariaceae. Many large-flowered and showy varieties of slipper flower exist in the florist trade. The flowers are usually yellow or purple with contrasting spots.

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