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acidanthera

[ as-i-dan-ther-uh ]
/ ˌæs ɪˈdæn θər ə /
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noun
any bulbous African plant belonging to the genus Acidanthera, of the iris family, having sword-shaped leaves and long tubular flowers.
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Also called peacock orchid .

Origin of acidanthera

<New Latin (1844) <Greek akid- (stem of akís) needle (cognate with Latin acus;see acicula) + New Latin -anthera;see anther, -a2
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British Dictionary definitions for acidanthera

acidanthera
/ (ˌæsɪˈdænθərə) /

noun
any plant of the African cormous genus Acidanthera, cultivated for its graceful tubular white and red or white and purple flowers, often scented: family Iridaceae

Word Origin for acidanthera

from Greek akis point + New Latin anthera anther, from the shape of the anthers
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