gyp·​soph·​i·​la jip-ˈsä-fə-lə How to pronounce gypsophila (audio)
: any of a large genus (Gypsophila) of Old World herbs of the pink family having loosely branching clusters of numerous small, delicate, usually white or pink flowers : baby's breath

Word History


New Latin, from Latin gypsum + New Latin -phila -phil

First Known Use

1771, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gypsophila was in 1771

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Cite this Entry

“Gypsophila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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