Definition of antholyza
1 capitalized : a genus of southern African bulbous plants (family Iridaceae) with sword-shaped leaves and red and yellow flowers in 2-sided spikes
2 plural -s : a plant of the genus Antholyza
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Origin and Etymology of antholyza
New Latin, irregular from 1anth- + Greek lyssa rage, rabies; from the gaping perianth, felt to resemble the open jaws of a rabid dog — more at lyssa
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