noun shor·tia \ˈshȯ(r)tēə\

Definition of shortia

  1. 1 capitalized :  a genus of perennial herbs (family Diapensiaceae) having smooth coriaceous basal leaves and long-stalked showy white and solitary flowers with campanulate corollas — see oconee bells

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Shortia

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Origin and Etymology of shortia

New Latin, from Charles Wilkins Short †1863 American physician and botanist + New Latin -ia

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