any of various southern African plants of the genus Ixia, of the iris family, having sword-shaped leaves and showy, ornamental flowers.

Origin of ixia

< New Latin (Linnaeus) < Greek ixía birdlime, equivalent to ix(ós) mistletoe, birdlime (made with mistletoe berries) + -ia -ia
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any plant of the iridaceous genus Ixia, of southern Africa, having showy ornamental funnel-shaped flowers

Word Origin for ixia

C18: New Latin from Greek ixos mistletoe, birdlime prepared from mistletoe berries
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