cal·​ce·​o·​lar·​ia | \ ˌkalsēəˈla(a)rēə \

Definition of calceolaria

1 capitalized : a large genus of tropical American plants (family Scrophulariaceae) with highly irregular 2-parted showy flowers having a small upper lip and a large inflated slipper-shaped lower lip
2 plural -s : any garden plant of the genus Calceolaria

called also slipperwort

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History and Etymology for calceolaria

New Latin, from Latin calceolus small shoe (diminutive of calceus shoe, from calc-, calx, heel) + New Latin -aria

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“Calceolaria.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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