hy·​dran·​gea | \ hī-ˈdrān-jə \

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 front archway of the chapel was decorated in foliage and flowers sourced locally from Windsor Great Park, combined with roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, dahlias and berries, according to a Palace press release. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie & Jack Brooksbank's First Kiss as Newlyweds Compared to Meghan Markle & Prince Harry's," 12 Oct. 2018 What to Do Sconset Bluff Walk Stop and smell the hydrangeas! Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Farm-Fresh Flowers and Lobster Rolls Aplenty: Marlo Laz’s Jeweler Gives Her Guide to Nantucket," 7 Sep. 2018 The Baked Bouquet, a bakery and florist hybrid in Verona, New Jersey, creates gorgeous and delicious floral displays made from cupcakes designed to resemble roses, hydrangeas, sunflowers, and more of your favorite blooms. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "These Gorgeous Bouquets Made From Cupcakes Look Almost Too Beautiful to Eat," 25 Oct. 2016 Pictured: Purple hydrangeas, red roses and mauve lisianthus in a deep red vase. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "As Seen On Good Day LA: Flower Arranging," 26 Jan. 2011 Out on the beach, guests dined at one long wooden farm table in the sand, adorned with low arrangements of white hydrangeas and floral china. Vogue, "Bumble Hosts a Sunset Summer Soiree at The Surf Lodge," 10 Aug. 2018 Tables were topped with pristine white hydrangeas and commemorative gifts of stemless wine glasses. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "Household hazardous waste to be collected in St. Tammany," 21 May 2018 Try dahlias in the fall or white hydrangeas in the winter. Jen Derose, House Beautiful, "5 Flower Arranging Tips for a Stunning Fall Centerpiece," 8 Oct. 2013 Some of them include: glossy abelia, beauty berries, hydrangeas, Bradford and Callery pears, crabapples, poplar, spruce, junipers, sumacs, cherries, and plums. Leah Zerbe, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Stop Pruning Your Garden in the Fall," 8 Aug. 2018

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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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hy·​dran·​gea | \ hī-ˈdrān-jə \

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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