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xenia

[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh]
noun Botany.
  1. 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

1895–1900; < New Latin < Greek xenía hospitality. See xen(o)-, -ia
Related formsxe·ni·al, adjective

Xenia

[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh]
noun
  1. a city in W Ohio.
  2. a female given name.
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Historical Examples of xenia

  • "That is true, I think," says the Princess Xenia, with her serious smile.

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  • Xenia Sabaroff looked at him with some little wonder and more approval.

  • Xenia Sabaroff does not take as much notice of him as usual.

  • "You are a stranger—to me," replies Xenia Sabaroff; and as she speaks she looks full at him.

  • He is in love with Xenia Sabaroff in a manner which surprises himself.


British Dictionary definitions for xenia

xenia

noun
  1. botany the influence of pollen upon the form of the fruit developing after pollination
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Derived Formsxenial, adjective

Word Origin for xenia

C19: from New Latin, from Greek: hospitality, from xenos guest
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Word Origin and History for xenia

Xenia

city in Ohio, from Greek xenia "hospitality," literally "state of a guest," from xenos "guest" (see guest). Founded 1803 and named by vote of a town meeting, on suggestion of the Rev. Robert Armstrong to suggest friendliness and hospitality.

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