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fuchsia

[fyoo-shuh] /ˈfyu ʃə/
noun
1.
a plant belonging to the genus Fuchsia, of the evening primrose family, including many varieties cultivated for their handsome drooping flowers.
2.
Also called California fuchsia. a nonwoody shrub, Zauschneria californica, having large crimson flowers.
3.
a bright, purplish-red color.
adjective
4.
of the color fuchsia:
a fuchsia dress.
Origin of fuchsia
1745-1755
1745-55; < New Latin; named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501-66), German botanist; see -ia
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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

fuchsia

/ˈfjuːʃə/
noun
1.
any onagraceous shrub of the mostly tropical genus Fuchsia, widely cultivated for their showy drooping purple, red, or white flowers
2.
Also called California fuchsia. a North American onagraceous plant, Zauschneria californica, with tubular scarlet flowers
3.
  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
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Word Origin and History for fuchsia
n.

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."

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