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[ pel-ahr-goh-nee-uh m, -er- ]
/ ˌpɛl ɑrˈgoʊ ni əm, -ər- /


any plant of the genus Pelargonium, the cultivated species of which are usually called geranium.Compare geranium(def 2).

Nearby words

pelagius, pelagius i, pelagius ii, pelargonic, pelargonic acid, pelargonium, pelasgi, pelasgian, pelasgic, pele, pele's hair

Origin of pelargonium

1810–20; < New Latin < Greek pelargó(s) stork + (gerá)nion geranium Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pelargonium


/ (ˌpɛləˈɡəʊnɪəm) /


any plant of the chiefly southern African geraniaceous genus Pelargonium, having circular or lobed leaves and red, pink, or white aromatic flowers: includes many cultivated geraniums

Word Origin for pelargonium

C19: via New Latin from Greek pelargos stork, on the model of geranium; from the likeness of the seed vessels to a stork's bill
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