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celosia

[ si-loh-zhuh, -zhee-uh ]
/ sɪˈloʊ ʒə, -ʒi ə /
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noun

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

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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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Example sentences from the Web for celosia

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

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for celosia

celosia
/ (səˈləʊsɪə) /

noun

Word Origin for celosia

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