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  1. any plant of the South American amaryllidaceous genus Hippeastrum: cultivated for their large funnel-shaped typically red flowers
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Word Origin for hippeastrum

C19: New Latin, from Greek hippeus knight + astron star
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Examples from the Web for hippeastrum

Historical Examples of hippeastrum

  • The most popular species for window gardens is A. Johnsoni (properly a hippeastrum), with red flowers.

    The Practical Garden-Book

    C. E. Hunn

  • Pot young plants of Hippeastrum, and start the established ones.

  • All the species of the genus Hippeastrum produce hybrid offspring which are invariably fertile.

    Darwinism (1889)

    Alfred Russel Wallace