agapanthus

noun ag·a·pan·thus \ ˌa-gə-ˈpan(t)-thəs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of agapanthus

plural agapanthus also agapanthuses
: any of several African plants (genus Agapanthus) of the lily family cultivated for their umbels of showy blue, purple, or white flowers

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Origin and Etymology of agapanthus

borrowed from New Latin, genus name, probably borrowed from Greek agápē "love, affection" + ánthos "flower" — more at 2agape, anthology
Note: Genus name introduced by Charles Louis L'Hériter de Brutelle in Sertum Anglicum, seu Plantae Rariores quae in Hortis juxta Londinum, Imprimis in Horto Regio Kewensis excoluntur, ab anno 1786 ad annum 1787 observatae (Paris, 1788; actually published in parts, 1789-93), p. 10. L'Héritier provides no explanation for the name.


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