ne·​moph·​i·​la | \ ni-ˈmä-fə-lə How to pronounce nemophila (audio) \

Definition of nemophila

: any of a genus (Nemophila) of annual herbs of the waterleaf family chiefly of western North America that are cultivated for their showy blue or white sometimes spotted flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web According to the park's website, approximately 5.3 million nemophila have blossomed in the Miharashi Hill area of the park this year. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "You Can Virtually Tour This Enchanting Japanese Park Where 5 Million Blue Flowers Are in Bloom," 1 May 2020 But there’s more to Hitachi Seaside Park than the nemophila. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Over 5 Million Tiny, Blue Flowers Have Bloomed in This Park in Japan," 1 May 2020 Flowers to start: In addition to above there are the harder, smaller seeds that need individual cups ie nemophila, silane, mignonette, Arctic poppy, California poppy, morning glory, Shirley poppies. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Resist the temptation to rake your lawn right now — you’ll be thankful later," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nemophila

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nemophila

New Latin, from Greek nemos wooded pasture + philos loving

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The first known use of nemophila was in 1838

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“Nemophila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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