antholyza

noun an·tho·ly·za \an(t)thəˈlīzə\

Definition of antholyza

  1. 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. 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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