pentas

noun
pen·​tas | \ ˈpentəs \

Definition of pentas

1 capitalized : a genus of chiefly African herbs or subshrubs (family Rubiaceae) that are grown as ornamentals especially in mild regions or in greenhouses and have opposite leaves, tubular flowers with a hairy throat, and capsular fruit
2 plural pentas : any plant of the genus Pentas

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History and Etymology for pentas

New Latin, irregular from Greek pente five

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“Pentas.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pentas. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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