Definition of abelia
: any of a genus (Abelia) of Asian or Mexican shrubs of the honeysuckle family having opposite leaves and white, red, or pink flowers
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Trees, Shrubs, and Conifers (Timber Press, $49.95), by George E. Brown, revised and expanded by Tony Kirkham, walks any would-be arborist through a veritable dictionary of trees, from abelias to zenobias.
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Origin and Etymology of abelia
New Latin (coined in 1818), from Clarke Abel †1826 English botanist
First Known Use: circa 1899See Words from the same year
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