fuchsia

[fyoo-shuh]
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noun
  1. a plant belonging to the genus Fuchsia, of the evening primrose family, including many varieties cultivated for their handsome drooping flowers.
  2. Also called California fuchsia. a nonwoody shrub, Zauschneria californica, having large crimson flowers.
  3. a bright, purplish-red color.
adjective
  1. of the color fuchsia: a fuchsia dress.

Origin of fuchsia

1745–55; < New Latin; named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501–66), German botanist; see -ia
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fuchsia

noun
  1. any onagraceous shrub of the mostly tropical genus Fuchsia, widely cultivated for their showy drooping purple, red, or white flowers
  2. Also called: California fuchsia a North American onagraceous plant, Zauschneria californica, with tubular scarlet flowers
    1. a reddish-purple to purplish-pink colour
    2. (as adjective)a fuchsia dress

Word Origin for fuchsia

C18: from New Latin, named after Leonhard Fuchs (1501–66), German botanist
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Word Origin and History for fuchsia
n.

red color, 1923, from the ornamental shrub, which was named 1753 from the Latinized name of German botanist Leonhard Fuchs (1501-1566). Not related to Latin fucus "seaweed, sea wrack, tangle," which also gave its name to a red color prepared from it. Latin fucus is from or related to Greek phykos "seaweed," also "red paint, rouge."

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