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[wahy-gee-luh, -jee-, wahy-guh-luh]
  1. any of various shrubby, eastern Asian plants belonging to the genus Weigela, of the honeysuckle family, having funnel-shaped white, pink, or crimson flowers.
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Also wei·ge·li·a [wahy-gee-lee-uh, -jee-] /waɪˈgi li ə, -ˈdʒi-/.

Origin of weigela

1840–50; < New Latin, named after C. E. Weigel (1748–1831), German physician; see -a2
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Historical Examples of weigela

  • Fig. 58 shows a weigela cutting from which the top was clipped.

    The Nursery Book

    Liberty Hyde Bailey

  • The weigela, forsythia, and spiræa are also excellent shrubs.

British Dictionary definitions for weigela


  1. any caprifoliaceous shrub of the Asian genus Weigela, having clusters of pink, purple, red, or white showy bell-shaped flowers
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Word Origin for weigela

C19: from New Latin, named after C. E. Weigel (1748–1831), German physician
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Word Origin and History for weigela


1846, from the name of German physician C.E. Weigel (1748-1831).

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