ce·​lo·​sia sē-ˈlō-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce celosia (audio)
: any of a genus (Celosia) of tropical annual herbs (such as cockscomb) of the amaranth family that have alternate leaves and showy flower spikes often forming feathery clusters in cultivated forms

Examples of celosia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the realm of flowers, ‘Burning Embers’ celosia captures attention with its vibrant pink blooms that contrast well with its striking pink veined bronze foliage. Dawn Pettinelli, Hartford Courant, 12 Jan. 2024 The purple celosia flowers thriving in full sun at the Arboretum are also featured in his home’s front yard. Adithi Ramakrishnan, Dallas News, 29 June 2023 Lizzard Leaf’ celosia), and blue (‘Elijah Blue’ blue fescue, ‘Coolvista’ Dianella). Steve Bender, Southern Living, 23 Apr. 2020 Grow goji berry, luffa gourd, and long bean on trellises; plant marigolds and celosia along the edges for garnishing. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, 14 Apr. 2020 Yellow celosias, pink dahlias, white oriental lilies, red celosias, and big sunflowers are what’s on Prada’s floral menu, to name a few, allowing for shoppers to customize the exact arrangement to their taste. Vogue, 18 Nov. 2019 Of special interest were the zinnias, marigolds impatiens, ornamental sweet potatoes and celosia. Tom MacCubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 20 Oct. 2019 The rush of color found at Bishop Hill Farm Flowers will continue till the first frost, including the celosia, which look like fuzzy brains or cock's combs. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2019 In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 5 May 2018

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Word History


New Latin, irregular from Greek kēleos burning; akin to Greek kaiein to burn

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of celosia was in 1807

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“Celosia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celosia. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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