any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Phacelia, of the waterleaf family, chiefly of the western U.S. and Mexico, having clusters of violet, blue, or white flowers.

Origin of phacelia

< New Latin (1789), equivalent to Greek phákel(os) bundle (referring to the clustered flowers) + New Latin -ia -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any plant of the mostly annual American genus Phacelia, esp P. campanularia, grown for its large, deep blue bell flowers: family Hydrophyllaceae

Word Origin for phacelia

New Latin, from Greek phakelos cluster (from the habit of the flowers) + -ia
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