kalmia

[kal-mee-uh]
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. kalliope,
  2. kallisto,
  3. kallithéa,
  4. kalmar,
  5. kalmar sound,
  6. kalmuck,
  7. kalmyk republic,
  8. kalmykia,
  9. kalong,
  10. kalpa

Origin of kalmia

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

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British Dictionary definitions for kalmia

kalmia

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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