noun gail·lar·dia \gə-ˈlär-d(ē-)ə\

Definition of gaillardia

  1. :  any of a genus (Gaillardia) of American composite herbs with showy flower heads —called also blanketflower

Origin and Etymology of gaillardia

borrowed from New Latin, from René Gaillard de Charentonneau, 18th-century French magistrate and botanical amateur + -ia 1-ia Named by the French botanist Auguste Denis Fougeroux de Bondaroy (1732-89) in “Extrait d'un mémoire … contenant la description d'un nouveau genre de plante,” Observations sur la physique, sur l'histoire naturelle et sur les arts, tome 29 (juillet, 1786), pp. 53-56. Fougeroux initially designated the plant Gaillarda, correcting it to Gaillardia in later publications.

First Known Use: 1879

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