co·​re·​op·​sis ˌkȯr-ē-ˈäp-səs How to pronounce coreopsis (audio)
plural coreopsis
: any of a genus (Coreopsis) of widely cultivated composite herbs with showy often yellow flower heads and pinnately lobed or dissected leaves

Examples of coreopsis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some of the showiest summer blooms fade away when fall arrives, including pompon dahlias, Shasta daisies, African daisies, zinnias, coreopsis, and calendulas. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2023 Featuring native plantings, the garden includes eastern redbuds, winterberry holly, hibiscus, little blue stem, arrowwood, coreopsis tickseed, cone flower and bee balm. John Benson, cleveland, 24 July 2023 These parts of the garden have been showcases for spring flowers: poppy, lupine, sage, giant coreopsis, flannelbush, ceanothus and opuntia. Wes Janssen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 June 2023 My kids helped dig holes and put native plants gently in the ground: ragweed, crystal peak white, coreopsis, goldenrod, brown-eyed Susan, aromatic aster. Lauren Matison, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2022 Native coreopsis is another keystone plant suggested by Diboll and the NWF list. Jennifer Rude Klett, Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2022 As the Santa Ynez River spilled out of a nearby estuary into coastal waters, Anna’s hummingbirds hovered over bright yellow giant coreopsis flowers. Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Summer brings out the yellow hues with goldeneye, coreopsis, sunflowers and mullein, among the many blooms filling the park. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2022 There are orange echinacea, coreopsis, daylilies, gaillardia and others. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History


New Latin, genus name, from Greek koris bedbug + New Latin -opsis; akin to Greek keirein to cut — more at shear

First Known Use

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of coreopsis was circa 1753

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Cite this Entry

“Coreopsis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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