ce·​lo·​sia | \ sē-ˈlō-zh(ē-)ə How to pronounce celosia (audio) \

Definition of celosia

: 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 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, "This is How You Make a Prada-Worthy Bouquet," 18 Nov. 2019 Of special interest were the zinnias, marigolds impatiens, ornamental sweet potatoes and celosia. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Northern flowers lingered but edible gardens declined," 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, "Find spicy Hatch chile snacks, peak okra and other summer farm goods in Coppell," 27 Aug. 2019 In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 In addition to zinnias, use moss roses, purslane, celosia and vinca in the full sun. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to control weeds in your summer lawn and garden," 28 June 2019 In mid-August plant transplants of zinnias, marigolds and celosias that are in bud but not yet in bloom. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 Celosia Spicata This wheat celosia can grow from 2 to 4 feet and in red, pink, or purple. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "18 Summer Flowers That Can Take The Heat," 27 July 2016 That's not to mention the towering Baobab trees and stone forests the conservatory brought in, or the array of beautiful plants — from orange bidens and red celosia to purple salvia and green ipomoea. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "This woman was arrested for theft — butterfly theft, Ohio police say | Miami Herald," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of celosia

1807, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for celosia

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

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27 Nov 2019

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“Celosia.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celosia. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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