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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of achimenes was in 1756

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“Achimenes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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