amsonia

noun am·so·nia \amˈsōnēə, -nyə\

Definition of amsonia

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  an herb of the genus Amsonia

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Origin and Etymology of amsonia

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


First Known Use: 1806


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