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[ski-zan-thuh s]
  1. any of several plants of the genus Schizanthus, native to Chile, having numerous variously colored flowers resembling small orchids.
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Origin of schizanthus

< New Latin (1794) < Greek schiz- schiz- + ánthos flower; cf. antho-
Also called butterfly flower.
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Historical Examples of schizanthus

  • One point in the successful culture of Schizanthus should never be forgotten.

    The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition

    Sutton and Sons

British Dictionary definitions for schizanthus


  1. 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
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Word Origin for schizanthus

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