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 polyanthi (audio) , -​ˌthē \

Definition of polyanthus

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

First Known Use of polyanthus

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polyanthus

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

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“Polyanthus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polyanthus. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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