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[free-zhee-uh, -zee-uh, -zhuh] /ˈfri ʒi ə, -zi ə, -ʒə/
any of several plants belonging to the genus Freesia, of the iris family, native to southern Africa, having fragrant white, yellow, or sometimes rose-colored, tubular flowers.
Origin of freesia
1880-85; < New Latin; named after E. M. Fries (1794-1878), Swedish botanist; see -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We have had our tea and the sunlight slants in over the white freesia and white hyacinths.


    Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • One of them is called freesia (Fig. 371) and if I could have but one kind of bulb to flower in the winter, I should choose this.

  • The freesia and the oxalis are of the "Cape" group of bulbs, and when started in the fall should blossom in four or five months.

    Gardening for Little Girls Olive Hyde Foster
British Dictionary definitions for freesia


/ˈfriːzɪə; ˈfriːʒə/
any iridaceous plant of the genus Freesia, of southern Africa, cultivated for their white, yellow, or pink tubular fragrant flowers
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, named after F. H. T. Freese (died 1876), German physician
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