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slipperwort

[slip-er-wurt, -wawrt] /ˈslɪp ərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt/
noun
1.
any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Calceolaria, of the figwort family, having opposite or whorled leaves and slipper-shaped flowers.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; slipper1 + wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for slipperwort

slipperwort

/ˈslɪpəˌwɜːt/
noun
1.
another name for calceolaria
Word Origin
C19: so called because of the slipper-like shape of the flower
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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