polyanthus

noun

poly·​an·​thus ˌpä-lē-ˈan(t)-thəs How to pronounce polyanthus (audio)
plural polyanthuses also polyanthi ˌpä-lē-ˈan-ˌthī How to pronounce polyanthus (audio)
-ˌthē
1
: any of various hybrid primroses
2
: a narcissus (Narcissus tazetta) having small white or yellow flowers arranged in umbels and having a spreading perianth

Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from Greek polyanthos blooming, from poly- + anthos flower — more at anthology

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of polyanthus was in 1678

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Cite this Entry

“Polyanthus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyanthus. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

polyanthus

noun
poly·​an·​thus ˌpäl-ē-ˈan(t)-thəs How to pronounce polyanthus (audio)
1
: any of various hybrid primroses
2
: a narcissus having small white or yellow flowers

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