American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See cockscomb.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of plants, natural order Amarantaceæ, for the most part tropical. The cockscomb common in cultivation is C. cristata; but the cultivated form of this plant, with a broad flattened stem and a terminal crest, is very unlike its natural condition, being a monstrosity formed by the union or fasciation of the branches.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a genus of annual or perennial herbs or vines of tropical and subtropical America and Asia and Africa.
- n. annual or perennial herbs or vines of tropical and subtropical America and Asia and Africa
- New Latin Cēlosia, genus name, from Greek kēlos, dry, burnt (from its color), from kaiein, to burn. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Three beautiful options for your tropical garden in Mexico are the celosia, century plant and coconut palm.”
“Raise celosia in a greenhouse or a conservatory in cool climates.”
“Your celosia seeds have germinated here, were winter sowed in the milk jugs.”
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“The celosia flower is a bright, rippled crest, as seen in this speciment in a Puerto Vallarta garden.”
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“Annuals on a single stem would work, the celosia would have been good.”
“The amaranthus is similar in look to celosia, it should have been four feet tall but just barely grew at all.”
“The lone celosia from a whole packet of C. spicata ‘Coral Garden Mixed’ that has done anything is stunning if solitary.”
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