Abelia definition

ə-bēlē-ə, ə-bēlyə
Any of various deciduous or evergreen ornamental shrubs of the genus Abelia, native to Asia and Mexico and having small tubular white, pink, or purple flowers.
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Any of a genus (Abelia) of evergreen or deciduous ornamental shrubs of the honeysuckle family with clusters of fragrant, white, pink, or purple flowers.
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(botany) Any of the various honeysuckles of the genus Abelia. [Mid 19th century.]
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A taxonomic genus within the family Caprifoliaceae — many ornamental shrubs from Asia and Mexico, the abelias.
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Noun

Singular:
abelia
Plural:
abelias

Origin of abelia

  • New Latin after Clarke Abel (1780–1826), British botanist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the surname of Clarke Abel (1780–1826), English botanist.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the genus name Abelia

    From Wiktionary