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[ 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.

Nearby words

zingy, zinjanthropus, zinkenite, zinn's membrane, zinn's zonule, zinnia, zinnwaldite, zinoviev, zinovievsk, zinsser, zinsser, hans

Origin of zinnia

1760–70; < New Latin, named after J. G. Zinn (1727–59), German botanist; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for zinnia


/ (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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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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