hippeastrum

noun hip·pe·as·trum \ˌhipēˈastrəm\

Definition of hippeastrum

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of tropical American bulbous plants (family Amaryllidaceae) that are widely cultivated for their showy white to crimson flowers and that are sometimes included in the genus Amaryllis

  2. 2 plural -s :  any amaryllis of the genus Hippeastrum

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Origin and Etymology of hippeastrum

New Latin, from Greek hippeus horseman (from hippos) + astron star; from the equitant leaves and the star-shaped flowers — more at star


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