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  1. any of several composite plants of the genus Gazania, native to southern Africa, having showy flowers with variously colored rays.

Origin of gazania

< New Latin (1791), after Theodorus Gaza (1398–1478), Greek scholar; see -an, -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for gazania


  1. any plant of the S. African genus Gazania, grown for their rayed flowers in variegated colours; the flowers close in the afternoon: family AsteraceaeAlso called: treasure flower

Word Origin

named after Theodore of Gaza, 1398–1478, translator of the botanical treatises of Theophrastus
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