any of several bulbous African plants (genus Acidanthera) of the iris family, with cream-colored, long-tubed blossoms: they are often grown as potted ornamental plants
Origin of acidantheraModern Latin ; from Classical Greek akis (gen. akidis), a pointed object ; from Indo-European base an unverified form a?- (see acid) + Modern Latin anthera, anther
An ornamental African plant, Acidanthera bicolor (syn. Gladiolus callianthus), having fibrous corms, swordlike leaves, and large, fragrant white flowers with purple centers. Also called peacock orchid.
Origin of acidantheraNew Latin : Greek akis, akid-, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots + New Latin anthera; see anther.
From the genus name.