achim·​e·​nes | \ ə-ˈki-mə-(ˌ)nēz \

Definition of achimenes

1 capitalized : a genus of tropical American herbs (family Gesneriaceae) commonly cultivated for their gloxinialike flowers
2 plural achimenes : a plant of the genus Achimenes

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First Known Use of achimenes

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for achimenes

New Latin, alteration of Latin achaemenis, a plant (probably Euphorbia antiquorum) used in magic rites, from Greek achaimenis

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“Achimenes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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