Definitions

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

  • n. Plural of cinerarium.
  • n. Any of several hybrid ornamental plants (Senecio ×hybridus) in the composite family, derived from species native to the Canary Islands and widely grown as indoor or bedding plants for their showy, variously colored radiate flower heads and attractive silvery foliage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Linnæan genus of free-flowering composite plants, mostly from South Africa. Several species are cultivated for ornament.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, natural order Compositæ, consisting of herbs or small shrubs, with small heads of yellow flowers.
  • n. [lowercase] A name given by florists to plants of the genus Senecio, derived by cultivation from S. cruentus (formerly Cineraria cruenta), a native of Teneriffe in the Canary islands. They have white or purple flowers. See cut in preceding column.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. herb of Canary Islands widely cultivated for its blue or purple or red or variegated daisylike flowers

Etymologies

New Latin Cinerāria, genus name, from feminine of Latin cinerārius, of ashes (from the ash-colored down on its leaves); see cinerarium.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Around it, Roald planted an intricate alpine garden, with rocks chosen from different quarries, and more than two hundred different plants—including tiny Japanese evergreens, a cineraria from Afghanistan and countless varieties of snowdrop.

    Storyteller

  • On Oman's central plains, common trees are Acacia tortilis and A. ehrenbergiana with Prosopis cineraria in areas of deeper sand accumulation.

    Red Sea Nubo-Sindian tropical desert and semi-desert

  • However, nourished by dew, the eastern Jidda 'is relatively well vegetated with a very open acacia woodland of small Acacia tortilis and Prosopis cineraria trees with shrubby A. ehrenbergiana growing in shallow sandy depressions, rock fissures and in drainage swales on the gravel plains.

    Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, Oman

  • Trees are absent, except around the outer margins, and are typically Acacia ehrenbergiana and Prosopis cineraria in drainage lines and pans between dunes.

    Arabian Desert and East Sahero-Arabian xeric shrublands

  • Ecophysiology of Prosopis cineraria in the Wahiba Sands, with reference to its reafforestation potential in Oman.

    Arabian Desert and East Sahero-Arabian xeric shrublands

  • Very extensive woodlands of Acacia tortilis and Prosopis cineraria grow in the large wadis on the southwest borders of the Jidda '.

    Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, Oman

  • In addition Prosopis cineraria and Acacia tortilis woodlands are dying from old age and heavy browsing by livestock and there are few young trees to replace those lost.

    Arabian Oryx Sanctuary, Oman

  • In the lower mountain areas, wadi species include Zizyphus spina-christi, Prosopis cineraria, Acacia tortilis and some fig species, especially Ficus salicifolia.

    Al Hajar Al Gharbi montane woodlands

  • Scrub vegetation consists of low trees such as Acacia nilotica, Prosopis cineraria, P. juliflora, Tamrix aphylla, Zizyphus mauritiana, Capparis decidua, and shrubs such as Calligonum polygonoides, Calotropis spp.,

    Thar desert

  • The ground was enamelled with lilies, the helianthus and cineraria flourished, and the deep-green leaves and blue blossom of the lupin contrasted with the prickly stem and scarlet flower of the euphorbia.

    The Englishwoman in America

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    April 29, 2009

  • "I walked down a long gallery which displayed to me successively all that it had to offer me if I could not sleep, an armchair placed in a corner, a spinet, a blue porcelain vase filled with cinerarias on a console table, and, in an old frame, the phantom of a lady of long ago with powdered hair mingled with blue flowers, holding in her hand a bunch of carnations."
    --The Guermantes Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, p 105 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    August 4, 2008

  • "'There are tints in the clouds this evening, violets and blues, which are very beautiful, are they not, my friend' he said to my father, 'a blue, especially, more floral than aerial, a cineraria blue, which it is surprising to see in the sky.' "
    -- Swann's Way by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, p 142 of the Vintage International paperback edition

    December 31, 2007