noun ix·ia \ˈiksēə\

Definition of ixia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of southern African bulbous plants (family Iridaceae) having linear sword-shaped leaves and very showy spikes of mostly pink or purple flowers

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Ixia —called also corn lily

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Origin and Etymology of ixia

New Latin, from Greek ixos mistletoe, birdlime + New Latin -ia; akin to Latin viscum mistletoe, birdlime

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