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pelargonium

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noun pel·ar·go·ni·um \ˌpe-lär-ˈgō-nē-əm, -lər-\

Definition of pelargonium

  1. :  any of a genus (Pelargonium) of southern African herbs of the geranium family with showy flowers of usually red, pink, or white distinguished by a spurred calyx and irregular corolla —called also geranium, storksbill — compare rose geranium



Origin of pelargonium

New Latin, from Greek pelargos stork (akin to Greek pelios livid, polios gray) + New Latin -nium (as in Geranium) — more at fallow


First Known Use: 1813


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