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heliconia

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noun hel·i·co·nia \ˌhe-lə-ˈkō-nē-ə, -nyə\

Definition of heliconia

  1. :  any of a genus (Heliconia of the family Heliconiaceae) of perennial herbs of tropical America and islands of the western Pacific having showy brightly colored bracts and large leaves



Origin of heliconia

New Latin, ultimately from Greek Helikōnios, from Helikōn Helicon, mountain in Greece


First Known Use: 1838

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