Definition of xeranthemum
1 capitalized : a genus of annual densely tomentose herbs (family Compositae) native to southern Europe, containing one of the most widely cultivated everlastings (X. annuum), and having solitary chaffy or silvery flower heads with purplish tubular flowers
2 plural -s : any plant or flower of the genus Xeranthemum
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Origin and Etymology of xeranthemum
New Latin, from xer- + -anthemum
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