dahlia[dal′yə, däl′-; chiefly Brit dāl′-]
- any of a genus (Dahlia) of perennial plants of the composite family, with tuberous roots and large, showy flower heads in various bright colors, native to Mexico and Central America
- the flower of this plant
Origin: ModL, after A. Dahl, 18th-c. Swed botanist
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- Any of several plants of the genus Dahlia native to the mountains of Mexico, Central America, and Colombia, having tuberous roots and showy, rayed, variously colored flower heads.
- The flower head of one of these plants.
Origin: New Latin Dahlia, genus name, after Anders Dahl (1751-1787), Swedish botanist.