ti·​tho·​nia tə-ˈthō-nyə How to pronounce tithonia (audio)
: any of a genus (Tithonia) of tall composite herbs or shrubs of Mexico and Central America that have flower heads resembling sunflowers and that are sometimes grown as ornamentals

Word History


New Latin, probably from Latin Tithonia, poetic name of Aurora

First Known Use

1940, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tithonia was in 1940

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“Tithonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tithonia. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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