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zinnia

[zin-ee-uh] /ˈzɪn i ə/
noun
1.
any of several composite plants of the genus Zinnia, native to Mexico and adjacent areas, especially the widely cultivated species Z. elegans, having variously colored, many-rayed flower heads.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Neo-Latin, named after J. G. Zinn (1727-59), German botanist; see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for zinnia

zinnia

/ˈzɪnɪə/
noun
1.
any annual or perennial plant of the genus Zinnia, of tropical and subtropical America, having solitary heads of brightly coloured flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
Word Origin
C18: named after J. G. Zinn (died 1759), German botanist
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Word Origin and History for zinnia
n.

genus of herbs of the aster family, 1767, from Modern Latin (Linnæus, 1763), named for German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1729-1759).

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