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[uh-rey-lee-uh, uh-reyl-yuh]
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  1. any of various plants of the genus Aralia and related genera, several of which are cultivated as houseplants or have been used medicinally.

Origin of aralia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), of unexplained orig.
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Examples from the Web for aralia

Historical Examples

  • Plant out Aralia, Canella, Magnolia, and other ornamental trees.

    Flowers and Flower-Gardens

    David Lester Richardson

  • Aralia clapped her hands and cried: "Just too jolly for anything!"

  • When Aralia said, "Yes," so did Pansy, but both looked very quiet.

  • Please, sir, I think we'll find your aralia next spring-tide.

    The Long Vacation

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • They were nasty songs, and Merry touched me and said, 'Let us go after the aralia.'

    The Long Vacation

    Charlotte M. Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for aralia


  1. any plant of the genus Aralia of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants. The greenhouse and house plant generally known as aralia is Schefflera elegantissima of a related genus, grown for its decorative evergreen foliage: family Araliaceae

Word Origin

New Latin, of uncertain origin
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