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watsonia, noun

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Also with initial capital.
Plurals:
watsonias, or unchanged.
Origin:
Modern LatinShow more Modern Latin, from the name of William Watson (1715–87), Scottish naturalist, + noun-forming suffix -ia.
Any of several species of indigenous bulbous plants of the genus Watsonia (family Iridaceae), having sword-shaped leaves and tall spikes of tubular flowers in shades of red, pink, salmon, orange, yellow, and white; also called pypie. Also attributive.
1801 Curtis’s Bot. Mag. 1787–1844 XV. 533 (heading)Aletris-like Watsonia.
1992 G. Templeton in Weekend Post 8 Feb. (Leisure) 4Watsonias, gladioli, [etc.] provide a touch of summer colour.
Any of several species of indigenous bulbous plants of the genus Watsonia (family Iridaceae), having sword-shaped leaves and tall spikes of tubular flowers in shades of red, pink, salmon, orange, yellow, and white; also called pypie. Also attributive.

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