[ti-thoh-nee-uh, -thohn-yuh]


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

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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Historical Examples of 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