chuparosa

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noun chu·pa·ro·sa \ˌchü-pə-ˈrō-sə\

Definition of chuparosa

plural

chuparosas

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of 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) — more at 2rose


First Known Use: 1910


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