shortia definition by Webster's New World
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any of a genus (Shortia, family Diapensiaceae, order Diapensiales) of evergreen, dicotyledonous plants with nodding, bell-shaped, white flowers on long stalks; esp., an American species (S. galacifolia) native to the mountains of the Carolinas
Origin: Modern Latin after C. W. Short (1794-1863), United States horticulturist plush -ia
shortia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Any of various eastern North American and Asian evergreen stemless herbs of the genus Shortia, having glossy basal leaves and white, pink, or blue nodding flowers on long stalks.
Origin: New Latin Shortia, genus name, after Charles Wilkins Short (1794-1863), American physician and botanist.