- 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
1730–40; < 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.
Lobelia Phillips' will would be opened and read soon, probably at once.
They thought Egbert was as wonderful as ever, but they agreed that Lobelia had roped him in.
Well, the fact is that I am expecting to hear of Lobelia's death at any time.
One thing we was sartin sure of, and that was that they'd left Lobelia aboard on purpose.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
- any plant of the campanulaceous genus Lobelia, having red, blue, white, or yellow five-lobed flowers with the three lower lobes forming a lip
C18: from New Latin, named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist
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