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
plural pentas : any plant of the genus Pentas

Word History


New Latin, irregular from Greek pente five

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“Pentas.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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