[ zin-ee-uh ]
/ ˈzɪn i ə /


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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/ (ˈzɪnɪə) /


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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