hydrangea

noun
hy·​dran·​gea | \ hī-ˈdrān-jə How to pronounce hydrangea (audio) \

Definition of hydrangea

: any of a genus (Hydrangea) of mostly shrubs having opposite leaves and showy clusters of usually sterile white, pink, or bluish flowers that is either placed in the saxifrage family or the hydrangea family (Hydrangeaceae)

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The lion and hydrangeas were painted by her 14-year-old daughter, Lily; all others are flea-market finds. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "It’s Always Summer in This Kitchen," 31 July 2019 First, the hydrangea secretes still more acid into the soil — in the form of citric acid, which binds to the aluminum to form aluminum citrate. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "What makes hydrangeas blue or pink? Playing defense," 26 June 2018 Among climbers, check out fiveleaf akebia, clematis, climbing hydrangea, honeysuckle, passion vine, and wisteria. Thad Orr, Sunset, "Your Essential Gardening To-Do List for April," 22 Jan. 2018 If the daylily is not your flower, how about the hydrangea? Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Daylilies are in glorious splendor now," 21 July 2019 One of my friend’s ideas was this: Instead of removing the fossilized stalks of last year’s Annabelle hydrangea, a shrub with giant mophead flowers that get so heavy the stems tend to collapse under their weight, why not leave the stalks in place? Bonnie Blodgett, Twin Cities, "Blundering Gardener: The things you think of — and cry about — when gardening," 13 July 2019 Along with hydrangeas, sweet peas and roses, peonies pack a wallop of nostalgia, bringing to mind romantic gardens of old. oregonlive.com, "How to grow beautiful peonies in Oregon," 2 July 2019 The blue is the color of delphiniums and hydrangeas, plant varieties found throughout the property. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Former Party Island for British Royals is Now a Chic New Hotel," 18 June 2019 Three tall arrangements and two low arrangements were set up for the table centerpieces, with blue hydrangeas sitting atop green bottom pompom and strings of white dendrobium orchids. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Inside Real Housewives of Potomac Star Ashley Darby's Baby Shower (and Birthday!) Bash," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of hydrangea

circa 1753, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hydrangea

New Latin, from hydr- + Greek angeion vessel — more at angi-

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hydrangea

noun
hy·​dran·​gea | \ hī-ˈdrān-jə How to pronounce hydrangea (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydrangea

1 capitalized : a large genus of widely distributed shrubs and one woody vine (family Saxifragaceae) with opposite leaves and showy clusters of usually sterile white, pink, or bluish flowers
2 : any plant of the genus Hydrangea
3 : the dried rhizome and roots of the wild plant of the genus Hydrangea (H. arborescens) formerly used in pharmacy as a diuretic

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