[ sin-uh-rair-ee-uh ]
/ ˌsɪn əˈrɛər i ə /


any of several horticultural varieties of a composite plant, Senecio hybridus, of the Canary Islands, having clusters of flowers with white, blue, purple, red, or variegated rays.

Nearby words

  1. cineole,
  2. cinephile,
  3. cineplastic amputation,
  4. cineradiography,
  5. cinerama,
  6. cinerarium,
  7. cinerary,
  8. cinerator,
  9. cinerea,
  10. cinereous

Origin of cineraria

1590–1600; < New Latin, feminine of cinerārius ashen, equivalent to Latin ciner- (stem of cinis ashes) + -ārius -ary; so named from ash-colored down on leaves


[ sin-uh-rair-ee-uh m ]
/ ˌsɪn əˈrɛər i əm /

noun, plural cin·e·rar·i·a [sin-uh-rair-ee-uh] /ˌsɪn əˈrɛər i ə/.

a place for depositing the ashes of the dead after cremation.

Origin of cinerarium

From Latin, dating back to 1875–80; see origin at cineraria, -arium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cineraria


/ (ˌsɪnəˈrɛərɪə) /


a plant, Senecio cruentus, of the Canary Islands, widely cultivated for its blue, purple, red, or variegated daisy-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)

Word Origin for cineraria

C16: from New Latin, from Latin cinerārius of ashes, from cinis ashes; from its downy leaves


/ (ˌsɪnəˈrɛərɪəm) /

noun plural -raria (-ˈrɛərɪə)

a place for keeping the ashes of the dead after cremation
Derived Formscinerary (ˈsɪnərərɪ), adjective

Word Origin for cinerarium

C19: from Latin, from cinerārius relating to ashes; see cineraria

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