noun \ˌa-jə-ˈrā-təm\
plural ag·er·a·tum also ag·er·a·tums

Definition of AGERATUM

:  any of a genus (Ageratum) of annual tropical American composite herbs often cultivated for their small showy heads of usually blue or white flowers; also :  a related blue-flowered perennial (Eupatorium coelestinum)

Origin of AGERATUM

New Latin, genus name, from Greek agēratos ageless, from a- + gēras old age — more at geront-
First Known Use: 1866

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any plant of the genus Ageratum, of the aster family (Asteraceae), native to tropical South America. Ageratum have toothed, oval leaves that are opposite each other on the stem; compact clusters of blue, pink, lilac, or white flowers; and small, dry fruits. Dwarf varieties are used as edging plants. Some ageratum are variously known as flossflower and pussyfoot.


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