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
plural -s : any plant of the genus Kalmia

Word History


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

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“Kalmia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kalmia. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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