gil·​ia | \ ˈjilēə \

Definition of gilia

1 capitalized : a genus of North American herbs (family Polemoniaceae) with often dissected leaves and campanulate to infundibuliform flowers of various colors
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Gilia — see standing cypress

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History and Etymology for gilia

New Latin, from Felipe Gil 18th century Spanish botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Gilia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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