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xenia

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noun xe·nia \ˈzē-nē-ə, -nyə\

Definition of xenia

  1. :  the effect of genes introduced by pollen especially on endosperm and embryo development



Origin and Etymology of xenia

New Latin, from Greek, hospitality, from xenos host


First Known Use: 1899


Xenia

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geographical name Xe·nia \ˈzē-nyə, -nē-ə\

Definition of Xenia

  1. city SW cen Ohio pop 25,719




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