[kuh-lin-see-uh, -zee-uh]


any plant belonging to the genus Collinsia, of the figwort family, having whorled leaves and usually clusters of variously colored flowers.

Origin of collinsia

1817; after Zaccheus Collins (1764–1831), U.S. botanist; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a North American plant of the scrophulariaceous genus Collinsia, having blue, white, or purple flowers

Word Origin for collinsia

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