zinnia

noun
zin·​nia | \ ˈzi-nē-ə How to pronounce zinnia (audio) , ˈzē- How to pronounce zinnia (audio) ; ˈzi-nyə, ˈzē- How to pronounce zinnia (audio) \

Definition of zinnia

: any of a genus (Zinnia) of tropical American composite herbs and low shrubs that have showy flower heads with long-lasting ray flowers

Examples of zinnia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The peony even became the state flower of Indiana in 1957, replacing the zinnia for the honor. Sheryl Geerts, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Aug. 2022 Some zinnia varieties especially the older taller types, appear more susceptible to the problem. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2022 Plant more zinnia transplants along with blooming mistflower, lantana, salvias, firebush, duranta, mint marigold and fall aster. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Sep. 2022 Cameron Fields reports that now that the ground is finally warm enough to plant flower and vegetable gardens, Clevelanders need to get out the hose to water their tiny tomato seedlings and big zinnia blooms. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 24 May 2021 So now that the ground is finally warm enough to plant flower and vegetable gardens, and the fear of frost has disappeared, Clevelanders need to get out the hose to water their tiny tomato seedlings and big zinnia blooms. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 21 May 2021 The peony even became the state flower of Indiana in 1957, replacing the zinnia for the honor. Viveka Neveln, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 May 2021 This zinnia, also an All-America Selections Winner, has fiery scarlet and yellow blooms. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 Apr. 2021 Get some homegrown color with zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, 4 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of zinnia

1761, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zinnia

New Latin, from Johann G. Zinn †1759 German botanist

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21 Sep 2022

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“Zinnia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinnia. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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zinnia

noun
zin·​nia | \ ˈzi-nē-ə How to pronounce zinnia (audio) , ˈzin-yə \

Kids Definition of zinnia

: a garden plant grown for its long-lasting colorful flowers

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