Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of dicotyledonous polypetalous plants, type of the order Melianthace√¶, characterized by a calyx which is very oblique at the base, and by having from two to four ovules in each cell.

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Examples

  • Heat-loving plants like melianthus, crocosmia and palm trees grow huge and bloom luxuriously in the south- and west-facing garden.

    The Seattle Times

  • A leptospermum and a myrtle sit black and petrified and a prize 10ft melianthus that went to ground last winter hasn't been seen since.

    The Guardian World News

  • Twenty-five years ago I planted a melianthus in my mother's garden, and even though it had perfect conditions - sun, shelter and a free-draining slope - it never did well.

    Life and style | guardian.co.uk

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