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[lan-tan-uh] /lænˈtæn ə/
any of numerous chiefly tropical plants belonging to the genus Lantana, of the verbena family, certain species of which, as L. camara, are cultivated for their aromatic flowers of yellow and orange or blue and violet.
Origin of lantana
dialectal Italian
1785-95; < New Latin < dialectal Italian lantana wayfaring tree Unabridged
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  • The whole slope, for half a mile, was covered with a dense scrub of lantana bushes.

    Concerning Animals and Other Matters E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  • The train stops by the lake and we gather wild lantana and many a new flower during the few minutes' stay.

    Under the Southern Cross Elizabeth Robins
  • In creepers, bignonia and lantana will hold their own under difficulties perhaps as well as any that can be found.

    Three Elephant Power Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson
  • I have been told that the cortex of our lantana, or wayfaring shrub, will make as good bird-lime as the best.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) John Evelyn
British Dictionary definitions for lantana


/lænˈteɪnə; -ˈtɑː-/
any verbenaceous shrub or herbaceous plant of the tropical American genus Lantana, esp L. camara, having spikes or umbels of yellow or orange flowers. It has been widely introduced and is regarded as a troublesome weed in some places
Word Origin
C18: New Latin, from Italian dialect lantana wayfaring tree
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