[hahy-dreyn-juh, -jee-uh, -dran-]


any shrub belonging to the genus Hydrangea, of the saxifrage family, several species of which are cultivated for their large, showy flower clusters of white, pink, or blue.

Nearby words

  1. hydraemia,
  2. hydragogue,
  3. hydralazine,
  4. hydramine,
  5. hydranencephaly,
  6. hydrant,
  7. hydranth,
  8. hydrarch,
  9. hydrargillite,
  10. hydrargyria

Origin of hydrangea

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek hydr- hydr-1 + New Latin angea, feminine noun based on Greek angeîon vessel; so called from cup-shaped seed capsule

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British Dictionary definitions for hydrangea



any shrub or tree of the Asian and American genus Hydrangea, cultivated for their large clusters of white, pink, or blue flowers: family Hydrangeaceae

Word Origin for hydrangea

C18: from New Latin, from Greek hudōr water + angeion vessel: probably from the cup-shaped fruit

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Word Origin and History for hydrangea



1753, coined in Modern Latin by Linnæus as compound of Greek hydr-, stem of hydor "water" (see water (n.1)) + angeion "vessel, capsule" (see angio-); so called from the shrub's cup-shaped seed pods.

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