[kawr-ee-op-sis, kohr-]

Origin of coreopsis

1745–55; < New Latin < Greek kore- (stem of kóris) bedbug + -opsis -opsis; so named from the shape of seed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for coreopsis

Historical Examples of coreopsis

  • Coreopsis is pooty, too; that's down the other side of the corn.

    Hildegarde's Holiday

    Laura E. Richards

  • It is a relative of Coreopsis and should also be cultivated in home gardens.

  • She was snipping Coreopsis for the dinner table, but she did it absently, and Jerome noted the heaviness of her eyes.

  • Calliopsis (Coreopsis), yellow with red or brown center; two feet; mid-July, until killed by frost.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely

  • Every one knows the Coreopsis, which, by continual cutting, will give abundant bloom for three months.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely

British Dictionary definitions for coreopsis


  1. any plant of the genus Coreopsis, of America and tropical Africa, cultivated for their yellow, brown, or yellow-and-red daisy-like flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)Also called: calliopsis Compare caryopsis

Word Origin for coreopsis

C18: from New Latin, from Greek koris bedbug + -opsis; so called from the appearance of the seed
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