ment·​ze·​lia | \ men(t)ˈsēlēə\

Definition of mentzelia

1 capitalized : a genus of scabrous and bristly western American herbs or undershrubs (family Loasaceae) with alternate leaves, yellow or white flowers, and a one-celled ovary with numerous ovules

2 plural -s

a : any plant of the genus Mentzelia

called also bartonia

b : a plant of the related genus Nuttallia

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History and Etymology for mentzelia

New Latin, from Christian Mentzel †1701 German physician and botanist + New Latin -ia

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