Cu·​phea | \ ˈkyüfēə \

Definition of Cuphea

: a large genus of American plants (family Lythraceae) with opposite leaves and solitary slightly irregular flowers — see cigar flower, waxweed

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History and Etymology for Cuphea

New Latin, irregular from Greek kyphos hump; from the protuberance on the calyx tube; akin to Old English hūfe hood, Greek kyptein to bend forward, stoop, Sanskrit kakubha high, eminent, Old English hēah high

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“Cuphea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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