Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various tropical American plants of the genus Echeveria, having thick, succulent leaves usually clustered in dense rosettes.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Echeveria, genus name, after Atanasio Echeverría, y Godoy, 18th-century Mexican botanical illustrator.]

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From the genus name.

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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