bap·​ti·​sia | \ bap-ˈti-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce baptisia (audio) \

Definition of baptisia

: any of a genus (Baptisia) of North American plants of the legume family having showy papilionaceous flowers similar in form to those of the pea plant

Examples of baptisia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On a precociously hot day in May, Avent takes me on a golf cart tour past fields of arums, lycoris, trilliums, crinums, epimediums, colocasias, baptisias and gingers — the botany begins to blur after a few hours under the beating Carolina sun. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This collector-grower built an Eden of rare plants. Now he tackles the challenge to preserve it.," 17 Sep. 2019 Unscathed (for reasons beyond my ken) include baptisia, clematis recta, and of course the sturdy-as-stone conifers. Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: This week’s worry? Bugs and blight," 17 June 2017

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First Known Use of baptisia

circa 1868, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baptisia

New Latin, genus name, from Greek baptisis a dipping, from baptein

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The first known use of baptisia was circa 1868

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“Baptisia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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