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ixia, noun

Plurals:
ixias, occasionally ixiae.
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Modern Latin, GreekShow more Modern Latin, from Greek ixios birdlime, mistletoe.
Any of several bulbous plants of the genera Dierama (harebell) and Ixia of the Iridaceae, with showy flowers of various colours; kalossie; also called pypie. See also aandblom, sparaxis, weeskindertjies.
1775 [see gladiolus].
1972 A.A. Mauve in Std Encycl. of Sn Afr. VI. 167Ixia, The 44 species which comprise this endemic Cape genus, belonging to the Iridaceae, are often called kalossies or klossies.
Any of several bulbous plants of the genera Dierama (harebell) and Ixia of the Iridaceae, with showy flowers of various colours; kalossie; also called pypie.

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