al·​stroe·​me·​ria | \ ˌal-strə-ˈmir-ē-ə How to pronounce alstroemeria (audio) \

Definition of alstroemeria

: 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

Examples of alstroemeria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Watch them blossom: At N Street Village, homeless women create floral art," 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, "Gorgeous Mother's Day Flowers You Can Arrange Yourself," 30 Apr. 2019 The bouquets of Italian Ruscus, purple mums and violet alstroemeria also feature a picture tag of Fiona. Anne Saker,, "Fiona Inc.: Nearly $500K to Cincinnati Zoo from sales of hippo books, beer and ice cream," 3 Jan. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'alstroemeria.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of alstroemeria

1833, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for alstroemeria

New Latin, from Klas von Alstroemer †1794 Swedish botanist

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about alstroemeria

Time Traveler for alstroemeria

Time Traveler

The first known use of alstroemeria was in 1833

See more words from the same year

Statistics for alstroemeria

Cite this Entry

“Alstroemeria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

Comments on alstroemeria

What made you want to look up alstroemeria? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!