sparaxis

noun spa·rax·is \spəˈraksə̇s\

Definition of sparaxis

  1. 1 capitalized :  a small genus of bulbous plants (family Iridaceae) that are native to the Cape of Good Hope and include several which are cultivated for their brilliantly colored flowers borne in fringed spathes — see wandflower

  2. 2 plural sparaxis :  any plant, flower, or bulb of the genus Sparaxis

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Origin and Etymology of sparaxis

New Latin, from Greek, act of retching; akin to Greek sparassein to tear, rend


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