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  1. any of several plants belonging to the genus Brodiaea, of the amaryllis family, native to western North America, having grasslike basal leaves and clusters of usually purplish flowers.
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Origin of brodiaea

< New Latin (1810), named after James Brodie (1744–1824), Scottish botanist; see -aea
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Examples from the Web for brodiaea

Historical Examples of brodiaea

  • There are four kinds of Bloomeria, all Californian, resembling Brodiaea, but the stamens unlike.

    Field Book of Western Wild Flowers

    Margaret Armstrong

  • There are several kinds of Muilla, much like Brodiaea and very much like Allium, but with no onion taste or smell.

  • There are many kinds of Brodiaea, among the prettiest western flowers.

  • Kroeber thinks that the description indicates the wild onion (Brodiaea), called putcu in Coast Miwok, and this is not improbable.