kalmia

noun kal·mia \ˈkalmēə\

Definition of kalmia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of North American evergreen shrubs (family Ericaceae) with oblong to linear leaves and showy flowers that are borne in clusters in the axils of leaves or bracts and have a saucer-shaped basally 10-saccate corolla with an anther resting in each sac — see mountain laurel, sheep laurel

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Kalmia

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Origin and Etymology of kalmia

New Latin, from Peter Kalm †1779 Swedish botanist + New Latin -ia


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