[pent-stee-muh n, pent-stuh-]


Origin of pentstemon

1750–60; < New Latin, equivalent to pent- pent- + Greek stḗmōn warp, thread Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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esp US penstemon


any scrophulariaceous plant of the North American genus Penstemon (or Pentstemon), having white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers with five stamens, one of which is bearded and sterile

Word Origin for pentstemon

C18: New Latin, from penta- + Greek stēmōn thread (here: stamen)
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