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  1. 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.
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Origin of phacelia

< New Latin (1789), equivalent to Greek phákel(os) bundle (referring to the clustered flowers) + New Latin -ia -ia
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Historical Examples of phacelia

  • It is needless to say that this is not a true heliotrope, but belongs to the closely allied genus, Phacelia.

    The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits

    Mary Elizabeth Parsons

British Dictionary definitions for phacelia


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

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