dahl·​ia | \ ˈdal-yə How to pronounce dahlia (audio) , ˈdäl- How to pronounce dahlia (audio) , 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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Recent Examples on the Web The property also features a Japanese garden, which begins to bloom in May, perennial gardens that bloom spring through fall, and a dahlia display garden, in bloom all season. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 Another has an 1890s playhouse, a sunny garden with wrought iron screens, a bird area with a fountain, and a dahlia garden. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 June 2021 Repurpose book pages to create a vintage dahlia flower with a craft-to-go kit that is available for pickup beginning Saturday (May 1). Carol Kovach, cleveland, 27 Apr. 2021 Each of the dahlia-like blooms have slightly different patterning; the flowers are white or creamy yellow with red stripes and speckles. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Apr. 2021 Catch color at the Japanese garden and dahlia display. Alyssa Giacobbe, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2021 My dahlia beds are in mostly heavy clay soil but some of them are in a sandy soil with an organic mixture in it. oregonlive, 6 Feb. 2021 The dahlia and fig tree were very close to each other. oregonlive, 11 July 2020 Clustered on the tables draped with velvet cloths were dahlias as big as a dinner plate; Posen whimsically indicated he was finished with his plate by draping a flower atop it. Vogue, 27 Sep. 2019

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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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15 Jun 2021

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“Dahlia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dahlia. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce dahlia (audio) , ˈdäl- \

Kids Definition of dahlia

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

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