Medinilla

noun
Med·​i·​nil·​la | \ ˌmedᵊnˈilə \

Definition of Medinilla

: 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

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History and Etymology for Medinilla

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 20 Oct. 2020.

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