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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of numerous tropical American plants of the genus Echeveria, having thick, succulent leaves often clustered in a showy rosette.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any member of the large genus Echeveria of succulents, many of which are popular as garden plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of succulent plants, natural order Crassulaceæ, chiefly natives of Mexico. It is now included in the genus Cotyledon.

Etymologies

New Latin Echeveria, genus name, after Atanasio Echeverría, 19th-century Mexican botanical illustrator.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the genus name. (Wiktionary)

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  • a succulent genus in family Crassulaceae; a plant I've always liked, with its delicate flower varying from flame to yellow, but had never known the name of. The OED gives the pronunciation /ˌekiːˈvɪərɪə/. I'm not sure how I would prefer to say it: /ˌetʃɪˈverɪə/, I think, keeping most of the Basque (etxe berria "new house", giving the surname of the eponymous botanist).

    July 3, 2008