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[it-ee-uh, ahy-tee-uh] /ˈɪt i ə, ˈaɪ ti ə/
any tree or shrub belonging to the genus Itea, of the saxifrage family, having simple, alternate leaves and clusters of small, greenish-white flowers, as the Virginia willow, I. virginica.
Origin of itea
< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek ītéa willow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The drive from itea to Delphi on a fine April day is one of the finest in the world.

    Greece J.A. McClymont
  • It will bloom freely under glass, but must not be forced hard; it may be treated in the same way as the itea.

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