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celosia

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noun ce·lo·sia \sē-ˈlō-zh(ē-)ə\

Definition of celosia

  1. :  any of a genus (Celosia) of tropical annual herbs (as cockscomb) of the amaranth family that have alternate leaves and showy flower spikes often forming feathery clusters in cultivated forms



Origin of celosia

New Latin, irregular from Greek kēleos burning; akin to Greek kaiein to burn


First Known Use: 1807


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