[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh]

noun Botany.

the influence or effect of pollen on a structure other than the embryo, as the seed or fruit.

Origin of xenia

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


[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh]


a city in W Ohio.
a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for xenia

Historical Examples of xenia

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

  • 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



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


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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