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

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Recent Examples on the Web Get some homegrown color with zinnias, marigolds and sunflowers. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Italy begins chaotic reopening," 4 May 2020 There are several zinnias varieties from which to choose. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Your guide to San Antonio’s best hot-weather summer annuals, shade or full sun," 16 Apr. 2020 Shannon was tanning on the roof-deck, while McSherry, who had been planting zinnias and basil earlier, stayed in his room, avoiding her. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Bushwick House Share Was a Haven—Then COVID-19 Struck," 25 May 2020 Starting in the summer and continuing into autumn, about 3,400 roses bloom in the park too, along with over 2 million cosmos, 350,000 zinnias, and 30,000 sunflowers. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Millions of Blue Flowers Are Blooming in This Japanese Park, and the Photos Are Amazing," 30 Apr. 2020 With the warmer weather upon us, Dennis said the pots seeded with marigolds and zinnia should start to bloom within a week or two. Fox News, "America Together: Cape Cod community delivers plants to homebound seniors during coronavirus," 15 Apr. 2020 Flowers to start from seed: Dianthus, stock, lock spar, asters, Nicotiana, cleome, ice plant, zinnia and salpiglossis. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "With seeds harder to come by, here are some ideas for Alaska gardeners," 2 Apr. 2020 Plant other nectar sources: Plants such as blue curl (Phacelia sp.), mist flower, zinnias, lantanas and salvias provide constant nectar from early spring through late fall. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to attract and nourish monarchs with your San Antonio garden," 12 Mar. 2020 Since then, Veggie has also nurtured other plants including Chinese cabbage, zinnias and mizuna. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Red Space Lettuce Might Feed Red Planet Astronauts," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of zinnia

1767, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zinnia

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

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The first known use of zinnia was in 1767

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14 Jun 2020

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“Zinnia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinnia. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of zinnia

: a plant that is grown in gardens for its brightly colored flowers


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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