cli·​via ˈklī-vē-ə How to pronounce clivia (audio)
: any of a genus (Clivia) of perennial evergreen South African herbs of the amaryllis family with fleshy roots and umbels of large funnel-shaped flowers

Examples of clivia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the rear yard, which has areas of dappled sun where nasturtiums and Orange clivia (Clivia miniata) flourish, features a small dining table. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 Moore made friends in his new community who gave him clumps of the orange-flowering clivia that neighbors had shared among each other, and which had migrated from house to house along the street. Nicole Sours Larson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2022 Anemone, astilbe, fern, hosta, oakleaf hydrangea, ligularia, rhododendron, toad lily, and woodland phlox thrive in many mainland U.S. regions; ajuga, clivia, tropical gingers and bromeliads are good choices for the warmest climates. Jessica Damiano,, 15 May 2022

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Word History


New Latin, from Lady Charlotte Clive †1866 duchess of Northumberland

First Known Use

1828, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of clivia was in 1828

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Cite this Entry

“Clivia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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