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  1. any composite plant of the genus Gaillardia, including the blanket-flowers.

Origin of gaillardia

1885–90; < New Latin, named after Gaillard de Charentonneau, 18th-century French botanical amateur; see -ia
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Examples from the Web for gaillardia

Historical Examples

  • The annual kind (Gaillardia picta of florists) is probably the best kind for the home garden.

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • Gaillardia bears very large heads with reddish-brown centers and many yellow or orange rays.

  • "Gaillardia always reminds me of it a bit—the lemon color," said Ethel Brown.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise

    Mabell S.C. Smith

  • Gaillardia, yellow, red center; two feet; July, August and September until killed by frost.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden</p>

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely

British Dictionary definitions for gaillardia


  1. any plant of the North American genus Gaillardia, having ornamental flower heads with yellow or red rays and purple discs: family Asteraceae (composites)

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, named after Gaillard de Marentonneau, 18th-century French amateur botanist
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