Definition of halesia
1 capitalized : a genus of small trees (family Styracaceae) of southeastern North America having alternate leaves and white bell-shaped flowers borne in great profusion before the leaves — see silver bell
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Halesia
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Origin and Etymology of halesia
New Latin, from Stephen Hales †1761 English physiologist + New Latin -ia
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