heliconia

noun
hel·​i·​co·​nia | \ ˌhe-lə-ˈkō-nē-ə How to pronounce heliconia (audio) , -nyə \

Definition of heliconia

: any of a genus (Heliconia of the family Heliconiaceae) of perennial herbs of tropical America and islands of the western Pacific having showy brightly colored bracts and large leaves

Examples of heliconia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Look: Tropicalia Versatile anthurium, heliconia, calla lilies, and cone ginger are your friends here, and feel free to lean on Monstera, banana leaves, and Alocasia for greenery. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 Orange / Yellow Indonesian wax ginger, birds of paradise, and a bodacious heliconia bring instant aloha to your lover’s heart. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 12 Feb. 2020 The Look: Tropicalia Versatile anthurium, heliconia, calla lilies, and cone ginger are your friends here, and feel free to lean on Monstera, banana leaves, and Alocasia for greenery. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Roses Are Dead, Violets Are Too: Here’s a Better Way to Bouquet," 10 Feb. 2020 Burle Marx discovered almost 50 species, including bromeliads, philodendrons, heliconias and calatheas. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This Brazilian artist and landscape architect was bound only by the limits of his imagination," 8 July 2019 Stretching over three acres, the labyrinthine path is nearly two and a half miles of more than 14,000 colorful Hawaiian plants, including hibiscus, croton, heliconia and more. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Magnificent Manmade Mazes," 30 Sep. 2010 Situated on a cleared bluff, the two-story wooden and glass-sided lodge was surrounded by flowering plants—poinsettias, anthuriums, heliconias, and ferns—and had a breathtaking view over the descending hills to the sea. Jon Lee Anderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Stepping Beyond Cartagena: Exploring Colombia's Northern Reaches," 21 Mar. 2018 Eight years of construction resulted in 22 acres of riotously verdant grounds (frangipani, ginger lily, heliconia, and hibiscus) and a hotel blessedly free of pretension. Condé Nast Traveler, "Rosalie Bay Resort," 20 Oct. 2017 It is punctuated by white plantation-style wood bungalows and yards made colorful with heaps of bougainvillea, stands of lobster-claw heliconia, and copses of banana and papaya trees. Hanya Yanagihara, ELLE Decor, "ELLE DECOR Goes to Honolulu," 12 July 2010

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First Known Use of heliconia

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heliconia

New Latin, ultimately from Greek Helikōnios, from Helikōn Helicon, mountain in Greece

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“Heliconia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heliconia. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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