/ (strɛˈlɪtsɪə) /


any southern African perennial herbaceous plant of the genus Strelitzia, cultivated for its showy flowers: includes the bird-of-paradise flower: family Strelitziaceae

Word Origin for strelitzia

C18: named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg- Strelitz (1744–1818), queen of George III of Great Britain and Ireland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Examples from the Web for strelitzia

  • The principal other genera, Strelitzia and Heliconia, are both remarkable for the brilliant colours of their flowers.

    Botany for Ladies|Jane Loudon