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calceolaria

[kal-see-uh-lair-ee-uh]
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noun
  1. any plant of the genus Calceolaria, of the figwort family, various species of which are cultivated for their slipperlike flowers.

Origin of calceolaria

1840–50; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin calceol(us) small shoe (calce(us) shoe + -olus -ole1) + -āria -aria
Also called slipper flower.
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Examples from the Web for calceolaria

Historical Examples

  • Suppression of the upper lip in such flowers as Calceolaria has been termed by Morren "apilary."

    Vegetable Teratology</p>

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Every child in our town used to have a Calceolaria in her own small garden plot, but I never wanted one.

    Old-Time Gardens

    Alice Morse Earle


British Dictionary definitions for calceolaria

calceolaria

noun
  1. any tropical American scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Calceolaria: cultivated for its speckled slipper-shaped flowersAlso called: slipperwort

Word Origin

C18: from Latin calceolus small shoe, from calceus
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