[ ti-thoh-nee-uh, -thohn-yuh ]
/ tɪˈθoʊ ni ə, -ˈθoʊn yə /


any of several tall composite plants of the genus Tithonia, native to Mexico and Central America, having yellow or orange-red ray flowers.

Nearby words

  1. tithable,
  2. tithe,
  3. tithe barn,
  4. tither,
  5. tithing,
  6. tithonus,
  7. titi,
  8. titian,
  9. titian red,
  10. titicaca

Origin of tithonia

1935–40; < New Latin, equivalent to Latin Tīthōn(us) husband of Aurora + -ia -ia

Also called Mexican sunflower.

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Examples from the Web for tithonia

  • It has also been observed in Tithonia, and is of constant occurrence in the seed leaves of some Mesembryanthema.

    Vegetable Teratology|Maxwell T. Masters