zinnia

[zin-ee-uh]
noun
  1. 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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zinnia

noun
  1. any annual or perennial plant of the genus Zinnia, of tropical and subtropical America, having solitary heads of brightly coloured flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)

Word Origin for zinnia

C18: named after J. G. Zinn (died 1759), German botanist
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Word Origin and History for zinnia
n.

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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