[ zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh ]
/ ˈzi ni ə, ˈzin yə /
the influence or effect of pollen on a structure other than the embryo, as the seed or fruit.
Related formsxe·ni·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for xenial
/ (ˈziːnɪə) /
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 xenial
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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