noun ru·el·lia \rüˈelēə\

Definition of ruellia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a very large genus of chiefly tropical American herbs and shrubs (family Acanthaceae) that have showy solitary or paniculate flowers with the simple or 2-lobed style recurved at the apex and the ovary 2-celled

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant or flower of the genus Ruellia

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Origin and Etymology of ruellia

New Latin, from Jean Ruel (latinized Ruellius) †1539 French physician and botanist + New Latin -ia

First Known Use: 1751

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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