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/ˌdʒɛnʃəˈnɛlə; -ʃɪə-/
any of various gentianaceous plants, esp the alpine species Gentiana acaulis, which has showy blue flowers
any of several related plants of the genus Gentianella
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin, literally: a little gentian
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  • "I am going to find the Witch's daughter," answered Princess gentianella, looking back impatiently.

  • That was how the Princess gentianella was left alone in the most beautiful garden on this side of the sun.

  • "There was a prince on the other side," confessed the Princess gentianella.

  • Princess gentianella gathered up her train with much dignity and turned her back on the Prince.

  • Gentian-blue is a useful word, bringing to mind the piercingly powerful hue of the gentianella.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • All the laughter died out of Princess gentianella's face, and she looked up at the wymp in a very woe-begone manner indeed.

  • Princess gentianella danced for joy, in and out of the Prince's bright flower-beds.

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