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

Word History


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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near gilia

Cite this Entry

“Gilia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!