crossandra

[ kruh-san-druh, -sahn-, kraw- ]
/ krəˈsæn drə, -ˈsɑn-, krɔ- /

noun

any of several plants of the genus Crossandra, native to Africa and Asia, especially C. infundibuliformis, having glossy leaves and red-orange flowers and sometimes cultivated as a houseplant.

Nearby words

  1. cross-trainer,
  2. cross-utilize,
  3. cross-validation,
  4. cross-vein,
  5. cross-vine,
  6. crossband,
  7. crossbar,
  8. crossbeam,
  9. crossbill,
  10. crossbirth

Origin of crossandra

< New Latin (1806) < Greek kross(oí) tassels, fringe + -andra, feminine of -andros, adj. derivative of anḗr man, male; hence, “having a fringed stamen”

Also called firecracker flower.

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British Dictionary definitions for crossandra

crossandra

/ (krɒˈsɑːndrə) /

noun

any shrub of the free-flowering mostly African genus Crossandra, grown in greenhouses for their large yellow, lilac, or orange flowers: family Acanthaceae

Word Origin for crossandra

New Latin, from Greek krossos fringed + andros, genitive of anēr man, male (from the fringed anthers)

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