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celosia

[si-loh-zhuh, -zhee-uh]
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noun
  1. 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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Examples from the Web for celosia

Historical Examples

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

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • 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

celosia

noun
  1. See cockscomb (def. 2)
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Word Origin

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