[broo n-fel-zee-uh]


any of various shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Brunfelsia, of the nightshade family, native to tropical America, having white or purple tubular or bell-shaped flowers.

Origin of brunfelsia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), named in honor of Otto Brunfels (circa 1488–1534), German humanist scholar and pioneer botanist; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019