dahl·​ia | \ˈdal-yə, ˈdäl-, US also and British usually ˈdāl- \

Definition of dahlia 

: any of a genus (Dahlia) of American tuberous-rooted composite herbs having opposite pinnate leaves and rayed flower heads and including many that are cultivated as ornamentals

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The front archway of the chapel was decorated in foliage and flowers sourced locally from Windsor Great Park, combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries, according to a Palace press release. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's First Kiss as Newlyweds Compared to Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 For large containers, dwarf cannas and dwarf dahlias also make satisfying additions. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Container Gardening," 13 Aug. 2018 Try dahlias in the fall or white hydrangeas in the winter. Jen Derose, House Beautiful, "5 Flower Arranging Tips for a Stunning Fall Centerpiece," 8 Oct. 2013 Flowers to start from seed: Cannabis, cosmos, snaps, ageratum, seed dahlias, godetia, aster, celosia, malva, salvia, lupine, Achimenes (tubers), brachyscome (15C), dianthus (5), stock(10L), lockspar (20C). Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners, it’s time to germinate something," 29 Mar. 2018 Evercreatures Dahlia Wellies What garden is really complete without dahlias garden gnomes? Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "15 Best Gardening Boots, Clogs, And Shoes You Can Buy On Amazon," 4 Apr. 2017 For Every Site Want tall, back-of-the-border plants with huge blooms like a dahlia? The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Bright, Beautiful Zinnias," 3 Mar. 2017 The [Strange Flowers] packaging is covered in dahlias and lilies. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Prettiest Spring Makeup Collection Has Arrived," 12 Apr. 2018 Focal flowers, like garden roses, peonies, dahlias and sunflowers, command attention, while filler flowers, such as Alchemilla, Astrantia and Queen Anne's Lace, fill in the gaps. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "5 Brilliant Flower Arranging Tips And Ideas," 24 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of dahlia

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dahlia

New Latin, genus name, from Anders Dahl †1789 Swedish botanist

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English Language Learners Definition of dahlia

: a type of plant that is grown in gardens and has large flowers with white, yellow, red, pink, or purple petals


dahl·​ia | \ˈdal-yə, ˈdäl-\

Kids Definition of dahlia

: a plant related to the daisies and grown for its brightly colored flowers

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