penstemon

noun pen·ste·mon \pen(t)-ˈstē-mən, ˈpen(t)-stə-\
variants: or less commonly

\pen(t)-ˈstē-mən, ˈpen(t)-stə-\

Definition of penstemon

  1. :  any of a genus (Penstemon) of chiefly American herbs of the snapdragon family with showy tubular flowers

Origin and Etymology of penstemon

New Latin, from penta- + Greek stēmōn warp, thread — more at stamen


First Known Use: 1760


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