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 Hydrang&emacron;a, 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).