ryania

noun ry·a·nia \rīˈānēə\

Definition of ryania

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  an insecticide made of a mixture of alkaloids from the ground stems of a tropical South American shrub (Patrisia pyrifera synonym Ryania speciosa) and used especially against the European corn borer

  2. 2 :  the plant that yields ryania

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of ryania

New Latin Ryania (genus name of Ryania speciosa, the shrub from which it is made), from John Ryan, 18th century British physician + New Latin -ia


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up ryania? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to glide in or as if in an airplane

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!