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

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 forms

xe·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 Forms

xenial, adjective

Word Origin for xenia

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