American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various herbs and shrubs of the genus Pelargonium, which includes the geraniums.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An ornamental genus of plants of the order Geraniaceæ, type of tribe Pelargonieæ, known by the conspicuous stipules. There are about 175 species, or as some estimate over 400, of which about 10 are found in northern Africa, the Orient, and Australia, and all the others in South Africa. They are herbs or shrubs often viscid-pubescent and odorous, sometimes fleshy, bearing opposite undivided or dissected leaves, and flowers of scarlet, pink, white, or other colors, usually conspicuous and in umbels. Many species are cultivated for their handsome flowers or fragrant leaves, and from their strong tendency to hybridize these have produced very numerous varieties; those of P. grandiflorum.are known specifically as pelargoniums or as Martha Washington geraniums; other species are the single-and double-flowering geraniums of house culture, of which leading forms are the horseshoe-, ivy-leafed, oak-leafed, lemon, rose, silver-, gold-, and bronze-leafed, and tricolor geraniums. P. triste produces tubers which are eaten at Cape Colony. An essential oil is made from the leaves of several species, especially, in Algeria, of P. odoratissimum.
See geranium, 3.
- n. [lowercase] A plant of the genus Pelargonium.
- n. Any of various flowering plants of the genus Pelargonium, commonly called geraniums or storksbills.
- n. geraniums native chiefly to South Africa; widely cultivated
- New Latin Pelargonium, genus name, from Greek pelargos, stork (from the resemblance of its capsules to a stork's bill); see pel-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Like all florists, he had a predilection for one particular plant; the pelargonium was his especial favorite.”
“Hytra Grouper on a bed of salicornia and spinach accompanied with a crayfish sauce scented with pelargonium at Hytra It's daybreak at Athens' Agora, or central market, and the air is buzzing with the cries of fish mongers hawking the day's catch.”
“Next come the herbaceous notes, and there are plenty: rosemary, helicrysum, lavender, sage, clary sage, Roman chamomile, etc. and many types of pelargonium, including this strange looking one, Eucaliptus scented pelargonium and one that didn't have a sign and smelled intensely of animalic musk.”
“Joshua David has described the atmosphere he and his co-founder envisioned as "less like a park and more like a scruffy wilderness," but the results will appear unruly only to those who still think of public gardens as requiring Victorian carpet bedding — yellow begonias and red pelargonium geometrically composed and obsessively mulched.”
“We also drove to a garden centre and got some more plants - I got some Violets, Marguerites and a pelargonium for the veranda pots, and Anders planted a Clematis below the veranda.”
“‘Nutmeg’, ‘Attar of Roses’, ‘Strawberry’, ‘Lemon Meringue’, ‘Apple Mint’, and ‘Ginger’ cultivars all smell like their descriptors and just scratch the surface when it comes to the world of flavor possibilities in the pelargonium world.”
“There are over 250 varieties of pelargonium, each with its own scent profile.”
“The easiest way to capture the flavor of pelargonium is by creating a scented sugar, similar to the way one would use a vanilla bean to perfume granulated sugar.”
“Derived from the leaves of pelargonium graveolens, the essential oil has a soft rose-like scent with an inkling of citrus.”
“There are no easy answers to this question, though speculation leads to the assumption that pelargonium graveolens is more highly cultivated and thus less expensive to harvest.”
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