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[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh] /ˈzi ni ə, ˈzin yə/
noun, Botany.
the influence or effect of pollen on a structure other than the embryo, as the seed or fruit.
Origin of xenia
1895-1900; < New Latin < Greek xenía hospitality. See xen(o)-, -ia
Related forms
xenial, adjective


[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh] /ˈzi ni ə, ˈzin yə/
a city in W Ohio.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • It was nearly 10 o'clock when the city of xenia was reached, but a large crowd greeted the tired travellers.

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  • "That is true, I think," says the Princess xenia, with her serious smile.

  • At xenia a relief committee was organized to send supplies to Dayton.

  • xenia Sabaroff looked at him with some little wonder and more approval.

  • xenia was spared; Dmitri who had heard of her beauty ordered Mossolski to find an asylum for her in his mansion.

    The Story of Moscow Wirt Gerrare
  • "You are a stranger—to me," replies xenia Sabaroff; and as she speaks she looks full at him.

  • xenia Sabaroff makes a little polite gesture expressive of entire indifference to the change in these titles.

  • In the late afternoon in the library over their teacups the ladies talk of xenia Sabaroff.

  • xenia Sabaroff is her idol of the moment, and if her idol were proved human she would be very angry.

  • "Sometimes one cares for neither," says xenia Sabaroff, with a tone which in a less lovely woman would have been morose.

British Dictionary definitions for xenia


(botany) the influence of pollen upon the form of the fruit developing after pollination
Derived Forms
xenial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin, from Greek: hospitality, from xenos guest
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Word Origin and History for xenia


city in Ohio, from Greek xenia "hospitality," literally "state of a guest," from xenos "guest" (see guest). Founded 1803 and named by vote of a town meeting, on suggestion of the Rev. Robert Armstrong to suggest friendliness and hospitality.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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