[buhd-lee-uh, buhd-lee-uh]


any shrub belonging to the genus Buddleia, of the logania family, having opposite, lance-shaped leaves and clusters of flowers, comprising the butterfly bushes.

Origin of buddleia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), named after Adam Buddle (died 1715), English botanist; see -ia
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any ornamental shrub of the genus Buddleia, esp B. davidii, which has long spikes of mauve flowers and is frequently visited by butterflies: family BuddleiaceaeAlso called: butterfly bush

Word Origin for buddleia

C19: named after A. Buddle (died 1715), British botanist
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