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[fyoo-shuh] /ˈfyu ʃə/
a plant belonging to the genus Fuchsia, of the evening primrose family, including many varieties cultivated for their handsome drooping flowers.
Also called California fuchsia. a nonwoody shrub, Zauschneria californica, having large crimson flowers.
a bright, purplish-red color.
of the color fuchsia:
a fuchsia dress.
Origin of fuchsia
1745-55; < New Latin; named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501-66), German botanist; see -ia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the summer the fuchsia flecked its front with white and red.

  • If the gorse should fail the fuchsia might even take its place on the mountains.

  • In fuchsia and Campanula a like change may occasionally be observed.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • The fuchsia is readily propagated by cuttings of the young wood.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • The fuchsia stigma is composed of four lobes, which are closed in Fig. 90.

    The Nursery Book Liberty Hyde Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for fuchsia


any onagraceous shrub of the mostly tropical genus Fuchsia, widely cultivated for their showy drooping purple, red, or white flowers
Also called California fuchsia. a North American onagraceous plant, Zauschneria californica, with tubular scarlet flowers
  1. a reddish-purple to purplish-pink colour
  2. (as adjective): a fuchsia dress
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501–66), German botanist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for fuchsia

red color, 1923, from the ornamental shrub, which was named 1753 from the Latinized name of German botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Not related to Latin fucus "seaweed, sea wrack, tangle," which also gave its name to a red color prepared from it. Latin fucus is from or related to Greek phykos "seaweed," also "red paint, rouge."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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