Fittonia

noun
Fit·​to·​nia | \ fə̇tōnēə \

Definition of Fittonia

: a small genus of Peruvian trailing herbs (family Acanthaceae) that are cultivated as foliage plants and that have leaves with showy red or white venation and inconspicuous flowers in bracted terminal spikes

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History and Etymology for Fittonia

New Latin, from Elizabeth and Sarah Margaret Fitton, 19th century Irish writers on botany + New Latin -ia

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“Fittonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Fittonia. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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