al·​stroe·​me·​ria ˌal-strə-ˈmir-ē-ə How to pronounce alstroemeria (audio)
: any of a genus (Alstroemeria) of tropical South American herbs of the lily family that are often cultivated for their clusters of showy variegated flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He's known as the father of the alstroemeria industry. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 That essentially domesticated the alstroemeria in the United States, turning it from a wildflower that bloomed once a year into a year-round flower. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 Wilkins became internationally known for his work on the alstroemeria. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, 26 Jan. 2021 Sixty-two bundles of flowers — lilies, roses, tulips, dahlia, marigolds, alstroemeria, ranunculus — have been donated by Urban Stems, a florist just up the street. John Kelly, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019 Spring Hues Embrace the beauty of the spring season with an arrangement of pink roses, green hydrangea, pink alstroemeria, and classic pink carnations, like FTD's Sweet Charm bouquet (pictured above). Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, 30 Apr. 2019 The bouquets of Italian Ruscus, purple mums and violet alstroemeria also feature a picture tag of Fiona. Anne Saker,, 3 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History


New Latin, from Klas von Alstroemer †1794 Swedish botanist

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alstroemeria was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Alstroemeria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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