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

  • n. Any of various eastern North American and Asian evergreen stemless herbs of the genus Shortia, having glossy basal leaves and white, pink, or blue nodding flowers on long stalks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Diapensiaceæ and tribe Galacineæ.

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

  • n. any plant of the genus Shortia; evergreen perennial herbs with smooth leathery basal leaves and showy white solitary flowers


New Latin Shortia, genus name, after Charles Wilkins Short (1794-1863), American physician and botanist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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