chu·​pa·​ro·​sa | \ ˌchü-pə-ˈrō-sə How to pronounce chuparosa (audio) \
plural chuparosas

Definition of chuparosa

: 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

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First Known Use of chuparosa

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chuparosa

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)

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“Chuparosa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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