noun aes·chy·nan·thus \ˌe-skə-ˈnan(t)-thəs\

Definition of aeschynanthus

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of East Indian ornamental woody epiphytic plants (family Gesneriaceae) having red or orange flowers and seeds that bear one bristle or hair at the apex and one or more at the base

  2. 2 plural -es :  a plant of the genus Aeschynanthus

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Origin and Etymology of aeschynanthus

New Latin, from Greek aischynē shame + New Latin -anthus; from the red flowers, thought of as blushing

First Known Use: 1841

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