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

Definition of aeschynanthus

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 plural -es : a plant of the genus Aeschynanthus

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First Known Use of aeschynanthus

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aeschynanthus

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

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“Aeschynanthus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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