shor·​tia | \ ˈshȯ(r)tēə \

Definition of shortia

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 plural -s : any plant of the genus Shortia

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History and Etymology for shortia

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

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“Shortia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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