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[kuh-lin-see-uh, -zee-uh]
  1. any plant belonging to the genus Collinsia, of the figwort family, having whorled leaves and usually clusters of variously colored flowers.
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Origin of collinsia

1817; after Zaccheus Collins (1764–1831), U.S. botanist; see -ia
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Historical Examples of collinsia

  • Some indeed, such as the lovely Collinsia verna and the large white Iberis, only do well if autumn-sown.

    Wood and Garden

    Gertrude Jekyll

  • Mignonette, Virginia stock, collinsia, should be sown in spring in little patches or lines.

British Dictionary definitions for collinsia


  1. a North American plant of the scrophulariaceous genus Collinsia, having blue, white, or purple flowers
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Word Origin for collinsia

C19: New Latin, named after Zaccheus Collins (1764–1831), American botanist
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