[ lahy-a-tris, lahy-uh- ]
/ laɪˈæ trɪs, ˈlaɪ ə- /
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any of various composite plants of the genus Liatris, native to North America, having long spikes of purplish flowers.
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Origin of liatris
First recorded in 1810–15; from New Latin; unknown origin
Words nearby liatris
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Example sentences from the Web for liatris
We observed among the plants along this portion of coast, the tradescantia virginica, and T. liatris, and squarrosa scariosa.
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British Dictionary definitions for liatris
/ (laɪˈætrɪs) /
Word Origin for liatris
C18: New Latin, of uncertain origin
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