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tritoma

[trit-uh-muh]
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noun
  1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Kniphofia, of the lily family, native to Africa, especially K. uvaria, having long, dense clusters of tubular red or yellow flowers.

Origin of tritoma

1880–85; < New Latin Tritoma alternate genus name < Greek trítom(os) thrice-cut (tri- tri- + -tomos -tomous) + New Latin -a -a2
Also called poker plant, red-hot poker, torch lily.
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Examples from the Web for tritoma

Historical Examples

  • It may be found pretty freely also at ivy bloom, and at the flowers of Tritoma.

    The Moths of the British Isles, Second Series

    Richard South

  • Great rockets of tritoma flamed against the wall, on the other side of which traffic went unnoted and unsuspecting.

    California

    Mary Austin

  • Tritoma grandis , and glaucescens , are noble things for the back of a border.


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