[ jip-sof-uh-luh ]
/ dʒɪpˈsɒf ə lə /


any plant belonging to the genus Gypsophila, of the pink family, native to Mediterranean regions, having small, panicled, pink or white flowers, as baby's breath.

Origin of gypsophila

1765–75; < New Latin < Greek gýpso(s) chalk + phíla -phile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gypsophila


/ (dʒɪpˈsɒfɪlə) /


any caryophyllaceous plant of the mainly Eurasian genus Gypsophila, such as baby's-breath, having small white or pink flowers

Word Origin for gypsophila

C18: New Latin, from Greek gupsos chalk + philos loving
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Word Origin and History for gypsophila



genus of the pink family, 1771, Modern Latin, from Greek gypsos "chalk, gypsum" (see gypsum) + philein "to love" (see philo-).

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