lobelia

noun
lo·​be·​lia | \ lō-ˈbēl-yə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) , -ˈbē-lē-ə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) \

Definition of lobelia

1 : any of a genus (Lobelia of the family Lobeliaceae, the lobelia family) of widely cultivated plants having terminal clusters of showy lipped flowers
2 : the leaves and tops of Indian tobacco

Examples of lobelia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grace and Olivia Thompson were recognized in a Photos by Kids category for images of a blue lobelia and lily pads on a pond. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, 19 Oct. 2021 Instead plant shade-tolerant perennial geranium, lady’s mantle, hellebore, bleeding heart, coral bell, hydrangea, begonia, annual lobelia, astilbe, and Japanese anemone. Boston.com Real Estate, 21 Aug. 2019 Or try native woodland wildflowers such as perennial lobelia, mayapple, columbine, thalictrum, amsonia, blood root, Solomon seal, and phlox. Boston.com Real Estate, 21 Aug. 2019 Along with new insect and fish species, staff at the Australian National Herbarium also named six new plant species, including two daises, two orchids, a lobelia and a trumpet vine. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 13 Feb. 2019 Where other primates might scamper up trees to flee, the tallest vegetation here is often giant lobelia and torch lilies. Craig Welch, National Geographic, 28 Mar. 2019 The numerous varieties of flowering plants like impatiens, spikes, lobelia and mums, have been carefully cultivated and timed to be ripe with color just as the seasons change. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, 13 May 2018 Flower to start from seeds: lobelia, pansies, rhodochitons, fibrous begonias, foxglove and hollyhock. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2018 These include lobelia, pansies, rhodochitons, fibrous begonias, foxglove and hollyhock, all of which can be found on local seed racks and most of which come in several different varieties. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of lobelia

1739, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lobelia

New Latin, from Matthias de Lobel †1616 Flemish botanist

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“Lobelia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lobelia. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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lobelia

noun
lo·​be·​lia | \ lō-ˈbēl-yə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) , -ˈbē-lē-ə How to pronounce lobelia (audio) \

Medical Definition of lobelia

1 capitalized : any of a genus (Lobelia of the family Lobeliaceae, the lobelia family) of widely distributed herbaceous plants (as Indian tobacco)
2 : the leaves and tops of Indian tobacco used especially formerly as an expectorant and antispasmodic

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