coleus

noun

co·​le·​us ˈkō-lē-əs How to pronounce coleus (audio)
: any of a large genus (Coleus) of Old World herbs of the mint family including ones cultivated for their colorful foliage

Examples of coleus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pruning Pinching the growing tips is the only pruning a coleus needs. Andy Wilcox, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 July 2024 Most flowers in the Capitol beds are widely available, like angelonia and coleus. Hope Karnopp, Journal Sentinel, 24 June 2024 Answer: Maintain the color with two of my go-to plants for summer — pentas and coleus. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 22 June 2024 Pentas come in a wide array of flower colors and coleus foliage colors. Tom MacCubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for coleus 

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, genus name, from Greek koleos, koleon sheath

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coleus was in 1885

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“Coleus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coleus. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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coleus

noun
co·​le·​us ˈkō-lē-əs How to pronounce coleus (audio)
: any of a large genus of herbs related to the mints and often grown for their leaves of various colors

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