amsonia

noun

am·​so·​nia
amˈsōnēə,
-nyə
1
capitalized : a genus of herbs (family Apocynaceae) having a milky juice, alternate entire leaves, and showy bluish flowers in terminal cymes, one species (A. tabernaemontana) being common in the southeastern U.S.
2
plural -s : an herb of the genus Amsonia

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from New Latin, from John Amson, flourished 1738–circa 1764 Virginia physician + New Latin -ia -ia entry 1

First Known Use

1806, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of amsonia was in 1806

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“Amsonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amsonia. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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