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[loh-beel-yuh] /loʊˈbil yə/
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 Unabridged
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  • It was the room directly above Peggy; and was tenanted, as we have seen, by lobelia Parkins.

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

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The Campanulaceae are low annual insignificant weeds, one lobelia excepted, viz.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • Most of the time on the island we spent debating how lobelia come to be on the schooner.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They prefer the most gorgeous reds and scarlets, such as that of Salvia horminum, lobelia cardinalis, and the like.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Peggy took lobelia's hand, and drew it resolutely through her arm.

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

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "I—I thought it was Herodotus who was called that," lobelia ventured, timidly.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • Do you happen to know whether there was any of those Boston bonds in lobelia Phillips' estate?

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • lobelia was in bed at this moment, though it was before the usual bedtime.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
British Dictionary definitions for lobelia


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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