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pelargonium, noun

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Also with initial capital.
Origin:
Modern Latin, GreekShow more Modern Latin (L’Heritier 1787), from Greek pelargos stork (see quotation 1952).
Any of several species of the large indigenous genus Pelargonium of the Geraniaceae, having brightly coloured flowers with narrow elongated petals, and fragrant leaves which are either serrated at the edges or ivy-shaped, often with horseshoe-shaped darker markings; often called geranium.
Note:
Now cultivated worldwide.
[1819 PantologiaPelargonium, Crane-bill, in botany.]
1993 Grocott’s Mail 6 Aug. 10Pelargonium Peltatum, Ivy Leafed Pelargonium.
Any of several species of the large indigenous genus Pelargonium of the Geraniaceae, having brightly coloured flowers with narrow elongated petals, and fragrant leaves which are either serrated at the edges or ivy-shaped, often with horseshoe-shaped darker markings; often called geranium.

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