any of a genus (Hydrangea) of shrubs or vines of the saxifrage family, with opposite leaves and large, showy clusters of blue, white, or pink flowers, often sterile
Origin of hydrangeaModern Latin from hydr(o)- + Classical Greek angeion, vessel
Any of various shrubs of the genus Hydrangea, having opposite leaves and large, flat-topped or rounded clusters of white, pink, or blue flowers.
Origin of hydrangeaNew Latin Hydrangēa genus name hydr(o)- Greek angeion vessel ( from the cuplike shape of their seed capsules ); see angio- .
From Ancient Greek ὕδωρ (hydor, “water”) and ἄγγος (aggos, “jar”) after the shape of its fruits. Named by botanist Carl von Linnaeus (1707-1778).