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xenia

[ zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh ]
/ ˈzi ni ə, ˈzin yə /
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noun Botany.
the influence or effect of pollen on a structure other than the embryo, as the seed or fruit.
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Origin of xenia

First recorded in 1895–1900; from New Latin from Greek xenía “hospitality”; see origin at xen-, -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM xenia

xe·ni·al, adjective

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Other definitions for xenia (2 of 2)

Xenia
[ zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh ]
/ ˈzi ni ə, ˈzin yə /

noun
a city in W Ohio.
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for xenia

xenia
/ (ˈziːnɪə) /

noun
botany the influence of pollen upon the form of the fruit developing after pollination

Derived forms of xenia

xenial, adjective

Word Origin for xenia

C19: from New Latin, from Greek: hospitality, from xenos guest
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