Medinilla

noun

Med·​i·​nil·​la
ˌmedᵊnˈilə
: a large genus of tropical Old World shrubs (family Melastomaceae) often grown for ornament and having fleshy leaves and large panicles of white or pink flowers with showy bracts

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, after José de Medinilla y Pineda fl 1820 Spanish governor of the Mariana islands

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“Medinilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Medinilla. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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