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calceolaria

[ kal-see-uh-lair-ee-uh ]
/ ˌkæl si əˈlɛər i ə /
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noun
any plant of the genus Calceolaria, of the figwort family, various species of which are cultivated for their slipperlike flowers.
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Also called slipper flower .

Origin of calceolaria

1840–50; <New Latin, equivalent to Latin calceol(us) small shoe (calce(us) shoe + -olus-ole1) + -āria-aria
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British Dictionary definitions for calceolaria

calceolaria
/ (ˌkælsɪəˈlɛərɪə) /

noun
any tropical American scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Calceolaria: cultivated for its speckled slipper-shaped flowersAlso called: slipperwort

Word Origin for calceolaria

C18: from Latin calceolus small shoe, from calceus
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