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hydrangea

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

noun

  1. 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.


hydrangea

/ haɪˈdreɪndʒə /

noun

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of hydrangea1

< 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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Word History and Origins

Origin of hydrangea1

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

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Example Sentences

It’s now draped in roses, lilies and hydrangeas, with photos, signs and prayers in English, Spanish and Hebrew, and flags from victims’ home countries.

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If you want to get me flowers for Valentine’s Day, I like irises and hydrangeas.

In the gardens we found a large blue hydrangea very common: the fuschia is the usual hedge.

A hydrangea has no scent; that is why we get tired of it, for all its loveliness.

The rose of the hydrangea inclines to blue, while that of the rose tends rather toward yellow.

A great healthy hydrangea dying just for lack of the right kind of soil!

Hydrangea paniculata grandiflora makes a beautiful low-growing hedge; good plants can be bought for six dollars a hundred.

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