Castilleja

noun Cas·til·le·ja \ˌkastəˈlē(y)ə\
variants: less commonly

Castilleia

\ˌkastəˈlē(y)ə\

Definition of Castilleja

  1. :  a large genus of root-parasitic herbs (family Scrophulariaceae) abundant in western North America and characterized by irregular hooded flowers in dense spikes usually with brightly colored bracts — see indian paintbrush

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Origin and Etymology of castilleja

New Latin, irregular (influence of Spanish -eja, diminutive suffix) from Juan Castillo y López


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