coleus

[ koh-lee-uh s ]
/ ˈkoʊ li əs /

noun, plural co·le·us·es.

any of several tropical Asian or African plants belonging to the genus Coleus, of the mint family, certain species of which are cultivated for their showy, colored foliage and blue flowers.

Origin of coleus

1865–70; < New Latin < Greek koleós, variant of koleón sheath, scabbard; akin to conceal, hull1
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British Dictionary definitions for coleus

coleus
/ (ˈkəʊlɪəs) /

noun plural -uses

any plant of the Old World genus Coleus: cultivated for their variegated leaves, typically marked with red, yellow, or white: family Lamiaceae (labiates)

Word Origin for coleus

C19: from New Latin, from Greek koleos, variant of koleon sheath; from the way in which the stamens are joined
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