Definitions

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

  • noun Any of various tropical shrubs or trees of the genus Fuchsia, widely cultivated for their showy, drooping, purplish, reddish, or white flowers.
  • noun A strong, vivid purplish red.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of highly ornamental shrubs and small trees, of the order Onagraceæ.
  • noun A plant of the genus Fuchsia.
  • noun In Australia and Tasmania, species of the genus Mazeutoxeron, belonging to the rue family, especially M. speciosum.
  • noun In Queensland, a shrub of the family Myoporaceæ, Pholidia maculata.
  • noun In New Zealand, the kotukutuku, Fuchsia excorticata. See kotukutuku, konini, and tookytook.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) A genus of flowering plants having elegant drooping flowers, with four sepals, four petals, eight stamens, and a single pistil. They are natives of Mexico and South America. Double-flowered varieties are now common in cultivation.
  • noun A plant belonging to the genus Fuschia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A popular garden plant, of the genus Fuchsia, of the Onagraceae family, shrubs with red, pink or purple flowers.
  • noun a purplish-red colour, the color of fuchsin, an aniline dye.
  • adjective Having a purplish-red colour.

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

  • noun any of various tropical shrubs widely cultivated for their showy drooping purplish or reddish or white flowers; Central and South America and New Zealand and Tahiti

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Fuchsia, genus name, after Leonhard Fuchs, (1501–1566), German botanist.]

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After the genus Fuchsia, itself named after Leonhart Fuchs, German botanist.

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  • The fuchsia is six feet broad and as thick as the matted honey-suckle on the garden wall; and you may shake it as you would a sheet of honey-suckle that you were pulling down.

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  • California "fuchsia"- epilobum species and varieties - and bush monkeyflowers are still blooming, as are several of the buckwheats, from scarlet through rich yellow to white or peachy russet.

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  • California "fuchsia"- epilobum species and varieties - and bush monkeyflowers are still blooming, as are several of the buckwheats, from scarlet through rich yellow to white or peachy russet.

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  • And if you love pink so much, try fuchsia, which is a much easier color to wear.

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  • Think of it as the difference between fuchsia, which is blue-based, and fire-engine red.

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  • No longer relegated to the garish masses, the saturated pink shades known as fuchsia and magenta are suddenly haute.

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  • The advantage of this pairing is that while the fuchsia is a relative late performer, the berberis is one of our earliest flowering shrubs with clusters of orange-yellow flowers in mid-spring followed by bluish berries.

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