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ixora

[ik-ser-uh] /ˈɪk sər ə/
noun
1.
any of numerous tropical shrubs or trees belonging to the genus Ixora, of the madder family, having glossy leaves and clusters of showy flowers in a variety of colors.
Origin of ixora
< New Latin (Linnaeus) ≪ Sanskrit īśvara Ishvara; the flowers of some species serve as votive offerings in India
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  • The flowers of ixora coccinea have the same general construction as those of the other plants of the order.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • There are many kinds of ixora, all stove shrubs, and all conspicuous for their large heads or rather corymbs of showy flowers.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • Two jungle flowers now serve as pwr, one a kind of ixora, but the botanical name of the other has not been identified.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
Contemporary definitions for ixora
noun

a tropical evergreen shrub or small tree with white or bright-colored flowers

Word Origin

from Sanskrit isvara 'lord' because the flowers are used as votive offerings

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