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noun, plural a·chim·e·nes.
  1. any of several tropical American herbs of the genus Achimenes, cultivated for their showy, tubular flowers.
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Origin of achimenes

< New Latin (1791), alteration of Latin achaemenis < Greek achaimenís
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Historical Examples

  • Trevirana or Achimenes, and Columnea, are removed to Gesneriace.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • Achimenes are stove bulbs and cannot be grown without a sufficiency of heat.

British Dictionary definitions for achimenes


  1. any plant of the tropical S American tuberous-rooted perennial genus Achimenes, with showy red, blue, or white tubular flowers, some of which are grown as greenhouse plants: family Gesneriaceae
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Word Origin

from Latin achaemenis, from Greek achaimenis, a species of euphorbia
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