xe·​nia ˈzē-nē-ə How to pronounce xenia (audio) -nyə How to pronounce xenia (audio)
: the effect of genes introduced by pollen especially on endosperm and embryo development

Word History


New Latin, from Greek, hospitality, from xenos host

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of xenia was in 1899

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Cite this Entry

“Xenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenia. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Geographical Definition


geographical name

Xe·​nia ˈzē-nyə How to pronounce Xenia (audio)
city in southwest central Ohio east-southeast of Dayton population 25,719

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