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lobelia

[loh-beel-yuh] /loʊˈbil yə/
noun
1.
any herbaceous or woody plant of the genus Lobelia, having long clusters of blue, red, yellow, or white flowers.
Compare lobelia family.
Origin of lobelia
1730-1740
1730-40; < New Latin; named after Matthias de Lobel (1538-1616), Flemish botanist, physician to James I of England; see -ia
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  • lobelia Phillips' name was not inscribed, but her husband's was occasionally.

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  • lobelia Phillips' will would be opened and read soon, probably at once.

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  • They thought Egbert was as wonderful as ever, but they agreed that lobelia had roped him in.

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  • Well, the fact is that I am expecting to hear of lobelia's death at any time.

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  • He swore he'd never come back again while lobelia 'Ankins was there.

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  • Most of the time on the island we spent debating how lobelia come to be on the schooner.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • One thing we was sartin sure of, and that was that they'd left lobelia aboard on purpose.

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  • lobelia was very ill, and a shadow hung over the whole school.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • Still lobelia clung to Grace, and no one else could make her listen and obey.

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  • Peggy took lobelia's hand, and drew it resolutely through her arm.

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British Dictionary definitions for lobelia

lobelia

/ləʊˈbiːlɪə/
noun
1.
any plant of the campanulaceous genus Lobelia, having red, blue, white, or yellow five-lobed flowers with the three lower lobes forming a lip
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist
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