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 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 There are several zinnias varieties from which to choose. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, 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, 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, 30 Apr. 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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“Zinnia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zinnia. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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zinnia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zinnia

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

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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