calceolaria

noun

cal·​ce·​o·​lar·​ia
ˌkalsēəˈla(a)rēə
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

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Calceolaria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calceolaria. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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