- a plant belonging to the genus Fuchsia, of the evening primrose family, including many varieties cultivated for their handsome drooping flowers.
- Also called California fuchsia. a nonwoody shrub, Zauschneria californica, having large crimson flowers.
- a bright, purplish-red color.
- of the color fuchsia: a fuchsia dress.
Origin of fuchsia
- any onagraceous shrub of the mostly tropical genus Fuchsia, widely cultivated for their showy drooping purple, red, or white flowers
- Also called: California fuchsia a North American onagraceous plant, Zauschneria californica, with tubular scarlet flowers
- a reddish-purple to purplish-pink colour
- (as adjective)a fuchsia dress
Word Origin and History for california-fuchsia
red color, 1923, from the ornamental shrub, which was named 1753 from the Latinized name of German botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Not related to Latin fucus "seaweed, sea wrack, tangle," which also gave its name to a red color prepared from it. Latin fucus is from or related to Greek phykos "seaweed," also "red paint, rouge."