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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various plants of the genus Zinnia of the composite family, native to tropical America and widely cultivated for their showy, colorful flower heads.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of composite plants, of the tribe Helianthoideæ, type of the subtribe Zinnieæ.
  • noun [lowercase] A plant of this genus.

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

  • noun (Bot.) Any plant of the composite genus Zinnia, Mexican herbs with opposite leaves and large gay-colored blossoms. Zinnia elegans is the commonest species in cultivation.

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

  • noun Any of several brightly coloured flowering plants, of the genus Zinnia, native to tropical America; old maid

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

  • noun any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads

Etymologies

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

[New Latin Zinnia, genus name, after Johann Gottfried Zinn, (1727–1759), German botanist.]

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