chu·​pa·​ro·​sa ˌchü-pə-ˈrō-sə How to pronounce chuparosa (audio)
plural chuparosas
: a small to medium desert shrub (Justicia californica) of the southwestern U.S. and northwestern Mexico that has usually red, yellow, or orange tubular flowers
Conspicuous flowers are produced by chuparosa, whose long tubular red flowers are a favorite of hummingbirds …Robert H. Mohlenbrock, Natural History, March 2000

Word History


borrowed from Mexican Spanish chuparosa, chuparrosa "hummingbird, any of various plants whose flowers attract hummingbirds," from Spanish chupa, 3rd person singular present tense of chupar "to suck" (probably of imitative origin) + rosa "rose" (in part borrowed from, in part going back to Latin)

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chuparosa was in 1910

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“Chuparosa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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