capitalized : a large genus of South American shrubs or rarely herbs (family Melastomaceae) having entire 5- to 7-nerved leaves and trichotomous panicles of large purple flowers with a hairy calyx, 10 stamens, and a 5-celled ovary see glory-bush, spiderflower sense 2
plural -s : any plant of the genus Tibouchina

Word History


New Latin, from tibouch (from native name in Guiana) + -ina

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“Tibouchina.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tibouchina. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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