Definition of sanvitalia
1 capitalized : a small genus of chiefly tropical American annual herbs (family Compositae) having small heads with yellow or white rays, a flat receptacle, and naked or awn-tipped achenes — see creeping zinnia
2 plural -s : any plant of the genus Sanvitalia
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Origin and Etymology of sanvitalia
New Latin, probably from F. Sanvitali †1761 Italian mathematician (or from the Sanvitali family, many of whose members were famous) + New Latin -ia
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