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