from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Old World herbs of the genus Coleus in the mint family, widely cultivated for their multicolored decorative leaves. Also called flame nettle.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A plant of several species of the mint family, cultivated for its bright-colored or variegated leaves.
New Latin Coleus, genus name, from Greek koleos, sheath (from the way its filaments are joined).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ancient Greek a sheath, referring to the manner in which the stamens are united. (Wiktionary)