xenia

noun
xe·​nia | \ ˈzē-nē-ə How to pronounce xenia (audio) , -nyə How to pronounce xenia (audio) \

Definition of xenia

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the effect of genes introduced by pollen especially on endosperm and embryo development

Xenia

geographical name
Xe·​nia | \ ˈzē-nyə How to pronounce Xenia (audio) , -nē-ə \

Definition of Xenia (Entry 2 of 2)

city in southwest central Ohio east-southeast of Dayton population 25,719

Examples of xenia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun More than 60 years after the first xenia opened, three times as many people visit Greece in a single day as in an entire year in the 1950s. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Greek Government's Minimalist Hotels Turned the Islands into a Tourist Hotspot," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of xenia

Noun

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for xenia

Noun

New Latin, from Greek, hospitality, from xenos host

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“Xenia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenia. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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