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

  • n. The direct effect on a hybrid plant produced by the transfer of pollen from one strain to the endosperm of a different strain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The concept of hospitality to strangers.
  • n. The effect that genes from pollen have on the endosperm.


New Latin, from Greek xeniā, hospitality, from xenos, guest, stranger; see xeno-.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
New Latin, from Ancient Greek ξενία (xenia, "hospitality") (Wiktionary)



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  • The fragile and homeless Eugenia
    Awaiting the next neomenia
    Must monthly depend
    On folks who extend
    The comfort of sheltering xenia.

    Find Eugenia's peculiar affliction explained in comments at neomenia..

    September 13, 2015