[si-loh-zhuh, -zhee-uh]


any plant of the genus Celosia, having small, usually red or yellowish flowers in dense, crested or plumelike spikes.Compare cockscomb(def 3).

Origin of celosia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), apparently an irregular derivative of Greek kḗleos burning, from the burnt appearance of the flowers of some species; see -ia
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Examples from the Web for celosia

Historical Examples of celosia

  • Celosia cristata is the well known Cockscomb, having combs or heads of scarlet, crimson, rose and yellow.

  • As a very clear and wholly typical instance I cite the cocks-combs (Celosia).

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • If an unmodified Celosia could be got, it would be well to test with the modified cockscomb.

British Dictionary definitions for celosia



Word Origin for celosia

New Latin, from Greek kēlos dry, burnt (from the appearance of the flowers of some species)
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