hous·​to·​nia | \ (h)yüˈstōnēə, hüˈ-, hau̇ˈ- \

Definition of houstonia

1 capitalized : a genus of North American herbs (family Rubiaceae) with entire leaves and small blue, lilac, or white tubular lobed flowers — see bluet
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Houstonia

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First Known Use of houstonia

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for houstonia

New Latin, from William Houston †1733 Scottish botanist + New Latin -ia

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“Houstonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/houstonia. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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