ca·​ca·​lia | \ kəˈkālyə, -lēə \

Definition of cacalia

1 capitalized : a genus of tall smooth herbs (family Compositae) with alternate often petioled leaves and large heads in flat corymbs — see mesadenia
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Emilia

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First Known Use of cacalia

1766, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cacalia

New Latin, from Latin, a plant, from Greek kakalia, kakkalia

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“Cacalia.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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