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slipperwort

[ slip-er-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈslɪp ərˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /
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noun
any of several tropical American plants belonging to the genus Calceolaria, of the figwort family, having opposite or whorled leaves and slipper-shaped flowers.
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Origin of slipperwort

First recorded in 1810–20; slipper1 + wort2
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British Dictionary definitions for slipperwort

slipperwort
/ (ˈslɪpəˌwɜːt) /

noun
another name for calceolaria

Word Origin for slipperwort

C19: so called because of the slipper-like shape of the flower
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