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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: any of various tropical shrubs widely cultivated for their showy drooping purplish or reddish or white flowers; Central and South America and New Zealand and Tahiti

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: New Latin, from Leonhard Fuchs died 1566 German botanist Date: 1789 1. any of a genus (Fuchsia) of ornamental shrubs of the evening-primrose family having showy nodding flowers usually in deep pinks, reds, and purples 2. a vivid reddish purple

Britannica Concise

Any of about 100 species of flowering shrubs and trees in the genus Fuchsia (family Onagraceae), native to tropical and subtropical regions of Central and S. America and to New Zealand and Tahiti. Several species are grown in gardens as bedding plants, small shrubs, or miniature treelike specimens; others are grown as pot plants or in hanging baskets for indoor or greenhouse cultivation. Fuchsias are valued for their showy pendulous flowers, tubular to bell-shaped, in shades of red and purple to white.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any shrub of the genus Fuchsia, with drooping red or purple or white flowers. Etymology: mod.L f. L. Fuchs, Ger. botanist d. 1566

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Fuchsia Fuch"si*a, n.; pl. E. Fuchsias, L. Fuchsl[ae]. [NL. Named after Leonard Fuchs, a German botanist.] (Bot.) A genus of flowering plants having elegant drooping flowers, with four sepals, four petals, eight stamens, and a single pistil. They are natives of Mexico and South America. Double-flowered varieties are now common in cultivation.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(fuchsias) A fuchsia is a plant or a small bush which has pink, purple, or white flowers. The flowers hang downwards, with their outer petals curved backwards. N-VAR



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