- any of several composite plants of the genus Zinnia, native to Mexico and adjacent areas, especially the widely cultivated species Z. elegans, having variously colored, many-rayed flower heads.
Origin of zinnia
1760–70; < New Latin, named after J. G. Zinn (1727–59), German botanist; see -ia
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Examples from the Web for zinnia
A zinnia hybrida, which last has not yet been cultivated in England.A Trip to Paris in July and August 1792
The Zinnia is an excellent plant where a low hedge is desired.Amateur Gardencraft
Eben E. Rexford
These zinnia seeds do not have the little prongs, because the zinnia does not need them.A Little Garden Calendar for Boys and Girls
Albert Bigelow Paine
Linnæus gave to this genus the name of Zinnia, in honour of Joh.The Botanical Magazine, Vol. V
In the case of zinnia, it is better to buy these seeds by the ounce.The Library of Work and Play: Gardening and Farming.
Ellen Eddy Shaw
- any annual or perennial plant of the genus Zinnia, of tropical and subtropical America, having solitary heads of brightly coloured flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
C18: named after J. G. Zinn (died 1759), German botanist
Word Origin and History for zinnia
genus of herbs of the aster family, 1767, from Modern Latin (Linnæus, 1763), named for German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1729-1759).
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