any of a genus (Coleus) of plants of the mint family, native to Africa and the East Indies, grown for their bright-colored leaves
Origin of coleusModern Latin ; from Classical Greek koleos, a sheath: so named because of the way in which the stamens are joined
Any of various plants in the mint family formerly of the genus Coleus, especially Solenostemon scutellarioides and some species in the genus Plectranthus, native to tropical Africa and Asia and widely grown as ornamentals for their multicolored leaves.
Origin of coleusNew Latin Coleus, genus name, from Greek koleos, sheath (from the way the filaments of its stamens are joined in a tube); see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A plant of several species of the mint family, cultivated for its bright-colored or variegated leaves.
From the former genus name Coleus, from Ancient Greek κολεός (koleos, “a sheath”), referring to the manner in which the stamens are united.