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

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

  • xenia Sabaroff does not take as much notice of him as usual.

  • "You are a stranger—to me," replies xenia Sabaroff; and as she speaks she looks full at him.

  • He is in love with xenia Sabaroff in a manner which surprises himself.

  • She is very fond of xenia Sabaroff: she has a great many warm attachments to women who help to make her house attractive.

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

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

  • "They are very kind to me," replies xenia Sabaroff, in English which has absolutely no foreign accent.

  • At dinner, xenia Sabaroff does not speak much: she has a dreamy look, almost a fatigued one.

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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