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.

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]

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

Related Words for cineraria

ossuary, crypt, sepulcher, vault, tomb, sepulture, mausoleum, ossuarium

Examples from the Web for cineraria

Historical Examples of cineraria

  • In this country usually propagated by seed, as for Cineraria; but special varieties are perpetuated by offsets.

  • She remained standing by a vase of cineraria, flourishing in spite of the severe winter weather.

  • The cineraria is an excellent illustration of the composite form, which bears both kinds of flowers.

  • It is so much like the silvery Cineraria that it is difficult to remember that it prefers a cool and even partly-shaded place.

    Wood and Garden

    Gertrude Jekyll

  • Having thus finished with the cineraria and their contents, the exploration of the tomb itself was resumed.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

British Dictionary definitions for cineraria



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


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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