noun En·ki·an·thus \ˌeŋkēˈan(t)thəs\

Definition of Enkianthus

  1. :  a genus of erect Asian shrubs (family Ericaceae) that have whorled branches, leaves which are mostly clustered at the twig ends, and nodding flowers in terminal clusters and that are often cultivated as ornamentals

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of enkianthus

New Latin, from enki- (perhaps irregular from Greek enkyos pregnant, from en in + kyos fetus) + -anthus; akin to Latin cavus hollow — more at in, cave

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Enkianthus? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to help become familiar with something

Get Word of the Day daily email!