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 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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“Nemophila.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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