dahlia

noun
dahl·​ia | \ ˈdal-yə How to pronounce dahlia (audio) , ˈdäl-, US also and British usually ˈdāl- How to pronounce dahlia (audio) \

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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Sofia Barozzi of Il Profumo dei Fiori created the floral arrangements, which included three types of roses (English, spray, and avalanche), hydrangea, dahlias, clematis, magnolia, white protea, and ferns. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Couple Took Over a Small Town in Italy for Their Medieval-Inspired Wedding," 28 Feb. 2019 Inside the centuries-old, two-story wood carriage house, its tall peaked-gable roof and rustic light fixtures evoked an enviable old-world farm-to-table charm; white dahlias and black tablecloths covered two long tables. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Inside Tom Ford Beauty’s Most Fragrant (and Festive!) Party of the Summer," 13 Aug. 2018 However, earwigs also unfortunately eat ornamental and vegetable plants, particularly dahlias, zinnias, butterfly bush, hollyhocks, lettuce, strawberries, potatoes, roses, and seedling beans and beets, as well as the silk of sweet corn. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Control Earwigs in Your Garden and Keep Them From Getting in Your House," 27 July 2018 The last questions have to do with when to start gladiolas and dahlias. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Readers ask: Seedlings, compost and overgrown orchids," 9 Mar. 2018 Want tall, back-of-the-border plants with huge blooms like a dahlia? The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Bright, Beautiful Zinnias," 13 Aug. 2018 Dinner was held under a canopy of trees in the garden, with guests sitting at two long tables decorated with understated yet elegant centerpieces made from clematis, dahlias, scabiosa, angel wing jasmine, and a variety of garden roses. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stellina and David Katzenberg’s Stunning Tuscan Wedding in Florence," 30 Dec. 2017 Try planting dahlia, French marigold, nicotiana, evening primrose, thyme, raspberry, or honeysuckle. Emily O'brien, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways To Attract Bats To Your Yard," 20 Oct. 2016 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

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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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dahlia

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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

dahlia

noun
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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