Cuphea

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of 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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