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peloria

[puh-lawr-ee-uh, -lohr-] /pəˈlɔr i ə, -ˈloʊr-/
noun, Botany.
1.
regularity of structure occurring abnormally in flowers normally irregular.
Origin of peloria
1855-1860
1855-60; < New Latin < Greek pélōr(os) monstrous (pélōr monster + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related forms
peloric
[puh-lawr-ik, -lor-] /pəˈlɔr ɪk, -ˈlɒr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • "On the existence of two forms of peloria," by M. T. Masters.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters
  • peloria of this kind, when perfect, is very often associated with other alterations.

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    Maxwell T. Masters
  • This change is sometimes classed with peloria, but there is no abnormal regularity in these cases.

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    Maxwell T. Masters
  • From overlooking the occasional existence of this form of peloria, new genera have sometimes been formed on insufficient grounds.

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    Maxwell T. Masters
  • A similar alteration accompanies this form of peloria in other flowers (see peloria).

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    Maxwell T. Masters
  • To this latter form of peloria it is proposed to give the distinctive epithet of irregular.

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    Maxwell T. Masters
  • It has also been somewhat too generally stated that peloria occurs principally on luxuriant vigorous plants.

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    Maxwell T. Masters
  • peloria, too, of either form, affords excellent illustrations of the co-existence of one changed condition with another.

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  • peloria, an abnormal return to regularity and symmetry in an irregular flower; commonest in Snapdragon.

British Dictionary definitions for peloria

peloria

/pɛˈlɔːrɪə/
noun
1.
the abnormal production of actinomorphic flowers in a plant of a species that usually produces zygomorphic flowers
Derived Forms
peloric (pɛˈlɔːrɪk; -ˈlɒ-) adjective
Word Origin
C19: via New Latin from Greek pelōros, from pelōr monster
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