- regularity of structure occurring abnormally in flowers normally irregular.
Origin of peloria
1855–60; < New Latin < Greek pélōr(os) monstrous (pélōr monster + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
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Examples from the Web for peloria
"On the existence of two forms of Peloria," by M. T. Masters.
Peloria of this kind, when perfect, is very often associated with other alterations.
This change is sometimes classed with peloria, but there is no abnormal regularity in these cases.
From overlooking the occasional existence of this form of peloria, new genera have sometimes been formed on insufficient grounds.
A similar alteration accompanies this form of peloria in other flowers (see Peloria).
- the abnormal production of actinomorphic flowers in a plant of a species that usually produces zygomorphic flowers
C19: via New Latin from Greek pelōros, from pelōr monster