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

Examples of dahlia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allow dahlia foliage to completely die back to the ground in fall before digging the tubers. Megan Hughes, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 Aug. 2022 The garden will include a dahlia garden, vegetable garden and Stickworks, which are large interactive sculptures made entirely of sticks. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 May 2022 The design is a playful take on a traditional Turkish ikat with a blooming dahlia, a favorite flower of Morrison’s, placed in the center. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 After the bridesmaids walked down the aisle, each carrying a single pale pink dahlia, Maria arrived with her bouquet—an arrangement of trailing cedar and dahlias by Allora Flowers—in hand. Vogue, 7 Jan. 2022 Roger Stevens, a dahlia grower since the early '60s, is a member of the Dahlia Society of Wisconsin, the Central States Dahlia Society and the Badger State Dahlia Society. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 14 Oct. 2021 Its dahlia motif lends the room a garden feel, tying it to the rambling roses just outside the window. Maile Pingel, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2021 Bloom of Avon offers dahlia bouquets (special order) and the hope is to also offer dahlias to local florists soon. cleveland, 14 Aug. 2021 Kathrine is a big dahlia fan and hosts Coffee Break with Kathrine on The Enquirer’s Facebook page, weekdays at 10am. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Dahlia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dahlia. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dahlia


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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