hedychium

noun

he·​dych·​i·​um
hēˈdikēəm
1
capitalized : a genus of tropical Asiatic herbs (family Zingiberaceae) having showy labiate flowers in a spike or spiky cluster see butterfly lily sense 1
2
plural -s : any plant of the genus Hedychium

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from hedy- + Greek chiōn snow; from the white fragrant flowers

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“Hedychium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedychium. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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