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

  • n. Any of various aromatic, chiefly tropical shrubs of the genus Lantana, having dense spikes or heads and small colorful flowers.

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  • n. Any member of the genus Lantana of perennial verbenas with aromatic flower clusters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants of the natural order Verbenaceæ, tribe Verbeneæ, type of Endlicher's tribe and De Candolle's subtribe Lantaneæ, characterized by a small, membranaceous, truncate, sinuose-dentate calyx, a corolla with 4 or 5 lobes, and a juicy drupe.
  • n. A plant of the genus Lantana.

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  • n. a flowering shrub


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

New Latin Lantana, genus name, from Italian dialectal lantana, wayfaring tree, viburnum, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *lentāgō, *lentāgin-, from Latin lentus, light, flexible.

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From the genus name.


  • Majesty King Mswati III, at which he presented a grant of pesticides to control invader plants, such as lantana, in the reserve.

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  • When he hid in the lantana jungle, they formed lines of beaters, and through lantana jungle and guava scrub they drove him like a rabbit.

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  • The terrestrial ecological balance of the islands has been threatened by the introduction of predators, competing species and exotic plants such as guava, citrus, lantana, quinine, elephant grass and blackberry which invade the territory of native species on abandoned farms.

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  • With welcome relief on his face, he removed the lei hala from his neck, and, with a sniff and a sigh, tossed it into concealment in the thick lantana by the side of the road.


  • After Ms. Ternes made her feelings known, I didn't have the courage to suggest there might be an alternative to both begonias and lantana, whatever lantana is.

    Bemoaning the Begonias

  • Even more disturbing was their decision last summer to replace the begonias—of which Ms. Ternes apparently feels quite protective—with lantana.

    Bemoaning the Begonias

  • The weed lantana, for example, has degraded more than four million hectares of Australian rangelands.

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  • You can help the process by surrounding the area with plants they like, such as honeysuckle, crossvine, bee balm, hollyhock and lantana.

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  • He surveyed the hillside, admired the lantana growing from Mexican pottery urns flanking one side of the pool.

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  • He picked a spent bloom from the lantana that sheltered the bench.

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