Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun [lowercase] A plant of the genus Pelargonium.
  • noun An ornamental genus of plants of the order Geraniaceæ, type of the tribe Pelargonieæ, known by the conspicuous stipules.

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

  • proper noun (Bot.) A large genus of plants of the order Geraniaceæ, differing from Geranium in having a spurred calyx and an irregular corolla.

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

  • noun Any of various flowering plants of the genus Pelargonium, commonly called geraniums or storksbills.

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

  • noun geraniums native chiefly to South Africa; widely cultivated

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Pelargonium, genus name, from Greek pelargos, stork (from the resemblance of its capsules to a stork's bill); see pel- in Indo-European roots.]

Examples

  • Like all florists, he had a predilection for one particular plant; the pelargonium was his especial favorite.

    The Collection of Antiquities

  • Like all florists, he had a predilection for one particular plant; the pelargonium was his especial favorite.

    The Jealousies of a Country Town

  • Hytra Grouper on a bed of salicornia and spinach accompanied with a crayfish sauce scented with pelargonium at Hytra It's daybreak at Athens' Agora, or central market, and the air is buzzing with the cries of fish mongers hawking the day's catch.

    Not Your Typical Greek Salad

  • Next come the herbaceous notes, and there are plenty: rosemary, helicrysum, lavender, sage, clary sage, Roman chamomile, etc. and many types of pelargonium, including this strange looking one, Eucaliptus scented pelargonium and one that didn't have a sign and smelled intensely of animalic musk.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Next come the herbaceous notes, and there are plenty: rosemary, helicrysum, lavender, sage, clary sage, Roman chamomile, etc. and many types of pelargonium, including this strange looking one, Eucaliptus scented pelargonium and one that didn't have a sign and smelled intensely of animalic musk.

    La Bastide du Parfumeur

  • Joshua David has described the atmosphere he and his co-founder envisioned as "less like a park and more like a scruffy wilderness," but the results will appear unruly only to those who still think of public gardens as requiring Victorian carpet bedding — yellow begonias and red pelargonium geometrically composed and obsessively mulched.

    Up in the Park

  • We also drove to a garden centre and got some more plants - I got some Violets, Marguerites and a pelargonium for the veranda pots, and Anders planted a Clematis below the veranda.

    Garden work

  • ‘Nutmeg’, ‘Attar of Roses’, ‘Strawberry’, ‘Lemon Meringue’, ‘Apple Mint’, and ‘Ginger’ cultivars all smell like their descriptors and just scratch the surface when it comes to the world of flavor possibilities in the pelargonium world.

    Rose Geranium Unmasked

  • There are over 250 varieties of pelargonium, each with its own scent profile.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • The easiest way to capture the flavor of pelargonium is by creating a scented sugar, similar to the way one would use a vanilla bean to perfume granulated sugar.

    Archive 2007-08-01

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