lobelia

[ loh-beel-yuh ]
/ loʊˈbil yə /

noun

any herbaceous or woody plant of the genus Lobelia, having long clusters of blue, red, yellow, or white flowers.

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Origin of lobelia

1730–40; <New Latin; named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist, physician to James I of England; see -ia
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British Dictionary definitions for lobelia

lobelia
/ (ləʊˈbiːlɪə) /

noun

any plant of the campanulaceous genus Lobelia, having red, blue, white, or yellow five-lobed flowers with the three lower lobes forming a lip

Word Origin for lobelia

C18: from New Latin, named after Matthias de Lobel (1538–1616), Flemish botanist
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