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peloria

[puh-lawr-ee-uh, -lohr-]
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noun Botany.
  1. regularity of structure occurring abnormally in flowers normally irregular.
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Origin of peloria

1855–60; < New Latin < Greek pélōr(os) monstrous (pélōr monster + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related formspe·lor·ic [puh-lawr-ik, -lor-] /pəˈlɔr ɪk, -ˈlɒr-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • "On the existence of two forms of Peloria," by M. T. Masters.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • Peloria of this kind, when perfect, is very often associated with other alterations.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • This change is sometimes classed with peloria, but there is no abnormal regularity in these cases.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • From overlooking the occasional existence of this form of peloria, new genera have sometimes been formed on insufficient grounds.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

  • A similar alteration accompanies this form of peloria in other flowers (see Peloria).

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters


British Dictionary definitions for peloria

peloria

noun
  1. the abnormal production of actinomorphic flowers in a plant of a species that usually produces zygomorphic flowers
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Derived Formspeloric (pɛˈlɔːrɪk, -ˈlɒ-), adjective

Word Origin

C19: via New Latin from Greek pelōros, from pelōr monster
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