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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of tropical or subtropical American shrubs, founded by Jacquin in 1763, belonging to the natural order Rubiaceæ, and type of the tribe Hamelieæ, having a 5-lobed calyx, 5-ribbed corolla with stamens inserted at the base of its tube, a fusiform stigma, and the flowers arranged in scorpioid cymes.

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  • n. any of several flowering tropical or subtropical shrubs of the genus Hamelia


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