aeschynanthus

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aeschynanthus was in 1841

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“Aeschynanthus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aeschynanthus. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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