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[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh]
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noun Botany.
  1. 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 formsxe·ni·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for xenial


  1. botany the influence of pollen upon the form of the fruit developing after pollination
Derived Formsxenial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin, from Greek: hospitality, from xenos guest
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Word Origin and History for xenial


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.

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