gaillardia

noun gail·lar·dia \ gə-ˈlär-d(ē-)ə \

Definition of gaillardia

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

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Origin and Etymology of gaillardia

borrowed from New Latin, from René Gaillard de Charentonneau, 18th-century French magistrate and botanical amateur + -ia 1-ia
Note: Named by the French botanist Auguste Denis Fougeroux de Bondaroy (1732-89) in "Extrait dʼun mémoire … contenant la description dʼun nouveau genre de plante," Observations sur la physique, sur lʼhistoire 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.


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