kalmia

[ kal-mee-uh ]
/ ˈkæl mi ə /

noun

any North American evergreen shrub belonging to the genus Kalmia, of the heath family, having showy flowers, as the mountain laurel.

Origin of kalmia

< New Latin (Linnaeus), after Peter Kalm (1715–79), Swedish botanist; see -ia
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kalmia

/ (ˈkælmɪə) /

noun

any evergreen ericaceous shrub of the North American genus Kalmia, having showy clusters of white or pink flowersSee also mountain laurel

Word Origin for kalmia

C18: named after Peter Kalm (1715–79), Swedish botanist and pupil of Linnaeus
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