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  1. any plant of the genus Clintonia, of the lily family, comprising stemless plants with a few broad, ribbed, basal leaves, and white, greenish-yellow, or rose-colored flowers on a short stalk.
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Origin of clintonia

1818; named after De Witt Clinton; see -ia
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Examples from the Web for clintonia

Historical Examples

  • They agreed to sell two of their sets as soon as they got back to Clintonia.

    The Radio Boys at the Sending Station

    Allen Chapman

  • They made the trip from New York back to Clintonia in silence.

  • After we get back to Clintonia we intend to build some big sets so that we can receive signals from all over the country.

  • Clintonia is a neighborly town, and we always do our best to make visitors feel at home.

  • “I wish Mr. Brandon were going to be stationed in Clintonia all the time,” said Bob.

British Dictionary definitions for clintonia


  1. any temperate liliaceous plant of the genus Clintonia, having white, greenish-yellow, or purplish flowers, broad ribbed leaves, and blue berries
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Word Origin

C19: named after De Witt Clinton (1769–1828), US politician and naturalist
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