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lobelia

[loh-beel-yuh]
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noun
  1. any herbaceous or woody plant of the genus Lobelia, having long clusters of blue, red, yellow, or white flowers.

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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Historical Examples

  • 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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  • One thing we was sartin sure of, and that was that they'd left Lobelia aboard on purpose.

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British Dictionary definitions for lobelia

lobelia

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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