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[hoo-stoh-nee-uh] /huˈstoʊ ni ə/
any North American plant, belonging to the genus Houstonia, of the madder family, especially H. caerulea, the common bluet.
Origin of houstonia
1755-65; < New Latin, named after Dr. W. Houston (died 1733), British botanist; see -ia Unabridged
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  • It is prettier than the violet, and larger and deeper colored than our houstonia.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
  • That sociablest of flowers, the little houstonia, was very abundant.

    A Wonder Book for Girls & Boys

    Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • houstonia and Mitchella, or Partridge-berry, are excellent and familiar examples.

  • Under a warm bank found two flowers of the houstonia in bloom.

    Wake-Robin John Burroughs
  • In another locality I might have brought him dwarf cornel, or the houstonia, or wood-sorrel, or the evening-primrose.

    Under the Maples John Burroughs
  • Our houstonia and hepatica would probably become a deep blue in that country.

    Fresh Fields

    John Burroughs
British Dictionary definitions for houstonia


any small North American rubiaceous plant of the genus Houstonia, having blue, white, or purple flowers
Word Origin
C19: named after Dr. William Houston (died 1733), Scottish botanist
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