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peloria

[puh-lawr-ee-uh, -lohr-]
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noun Botany.
  1. regularity of structure occurring abnormally in flowers normally irregular.

Origin of peloria

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek pélōr(os) monstrous (pélōr monster + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related formspe·lor·ic [puh-lawr-ik, -lor-] /pəˈlɔr ɪk, -ˈlɒr-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for peloria

Historical Examples

  • "On the existence of two forms of Peloria," by M. T. Masters.

    Vegetable Teratology</p>

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Peloria of this kind, when perfect, is very often associated with other alterations.

    Vegetable Teratology</p>

    Maxwell T. Masters

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

    Vegetable Teratology</p>

    Maxwell T. Masters

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

    Vegetable Teratology</p>

    Maxwell T. Masters

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

    Vegetable Teratology</p>

    Maxwell T. Masters


British Dictionary definitions for peloria

peloria

noun
  1. the abnormal production of actinomorphic flowers in a plant of a species that usually produces zygomorphic flowers
Derived Formspeloric (pɛˈlɔːrɪk, -ˈlɒ-), adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek pelōros, from pelōr monster
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