[ski-zan-thuh s]


any of several plants of the genus Schizanthus, native to Chile, having numerous variously colored flowers resembling small orchids.

Origin of schizanthus

< New Latin (1794) < Greek schiz- schiz- + ánthos flower; cf. antho-
Also called butterfly flower. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any plant of the Chilean annual genus Schizanthus, some species of which are grown as pot or garden plants for their showy red, white, or yellow orchid-like flowers: family SolanaceaeSometimes called: poor man's orchid

Word Origin for schizanthus

New Latin, from Greek schizein to cut + anthos flower (from the deeply divided corolla)
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