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[pel-ahr-goh-nee-uh m, -er-]
  1. any plant of the genus Pelargonium, the cultivated species of which are usually called geranium.Compare geranium(def 2).
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Origin of pelargonium

1810–20; < New Latin < Greek pelargó(s) stork + (gerá)nion geranium
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Historical Examples

  • The Pelargonium case in the "Origin" seems to point in the same direction.

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  • Geranium oils, distilled from plants of the Pelargonium species.

  • A Geranium has ten stamens, and a Pelargonium has only seven (perfect ones).

    Talks about Flowers.

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  • Without sunlight, they can no more thrive than a Pelargonium could without water.

  • Other varieties of pelargonium are sterile and others fertile without our being able to assign any cause.

British Dictionary definitions for pelargonium


  1. 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
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Word Origin

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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