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 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, "In a Dream of Tulle and Lamé, New York City Ballet Debuts Costumes by Zac Posen and Anna Sui," 27 Sep. 2019 Sunset Western Garden Book has an excellent chapter on dahlias, and OSU Extension has a good publication about growing dahlias. oregonlive.com, "Need tips on how to prune back a rhododendron? Ask an Expert," 29 June 2019 Most of his dahlias were grown in fields where the Eagle Elementary School now stands. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Dahlia revival hits home in Zionsville," 15 Aug. 2019 Christian, which included fresh-from-the-farm dahlias, sunflowers, and amaranth, as highlights in the room. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Model Caroline Brasch Nielsen Took a Canal Boat to Her Wedding in Copenhagen," 27 Aug. 2018 Yellow celosias, pink dahlias, white oriental lilies, red celosias, and big sunflowers are what’s on Prada’s floral menu, to name a few, allowing for shoppers to customize the exact arrangement to their taste. Vogue, "This is How You Make a Prada-Worthy Bouquet," 18 Nov. 2019 Outside, tables are set with Dior homewares, a make-your-own flower bouquet booth (peonies! dahlias! cherry blossoms!), next to an elaborate set-up for a portrait photo shoot. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside the Competitive Sport of Haute Couture," 3 Oct. 2019 Sixty-two bundles of flowers — lilies, roses, tulips, dahlia, marigolds, alstroemeria, ranunculus — have been donated by Urban Stems, a florist just up the street. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Watch them blossom: At N Street Village, homeless women create floral art," 12 Nov. 2019 The Great Hall of the People was festooned with purple dahlias the size of cabbages and tumbling bows of pink bougainvillea Monday. Los Angeles Times, "On eve of China’s 70th anniversary parade, President Xi says nation leads the world," 30 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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The first known use of dahlia was in 1835

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“Dahlia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dahlia. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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