com·​me·​li·​na | \ ˌkäməˈlīnə, -lēnə \

Definition of commelina

1 capitalized : a large widely distributed genus (the type of the family Commelinaceae) of herbs of branching or creeping habit with flowers having one petal smaller than the other two
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Commelina

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History and Etymology for commelina

New Latin, after Kaspar Commelin †1731 Dutch botanist

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“Commelina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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