- any of several horticultural varieties of a composite plant, Senecio hybridus, of the Canary Islands, having clusters of flowers with white, blue, purple, red, or variegated rays.
Origin of cineraria
1590–1600; < New Latin, feminine of cinerārius ashen, equivalent to Latin ciner- (stem of cinis ashes) + -ārius -ary; so named from ash-colored down on leaves
- a place for depositing the ashes of the dead after cremation.
Origin of cinerarium
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In this country usually propagated by seed, as for Cineraria; but special varieties are perpetuated by offsets.The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
She remained standing by a vase of cineraria, flourishing in spite of the severe winter weather.The conquest of Rome
The cineraria is an excellent illustration of the composite form, which bears both kinds of flowers.
It is so much like the silvery Cineraria that it is difficult to remember that it prefers a cool and even partly-shaded place.Wood and Garden
Having thus finished with the cineraria and their contents, the exploration of the tomb itself was resumed.Pagan and Christian Rome
- a plant, Senecio cruentus, of the Canary Islands, widely cultivated for its blue, purple, red, or variegated daisy-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
C16: from New Latin, from Latin cinerārius of ashes, from cinis ashes; from its downy leaves
- a place for keeping the ashes of the dead after cremation
C19: from Latin, from cinerārius relating to ashes; see cineraria
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