Dahlia definition

dălyə, däl-, dāl-
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Any of several tuberous-rooted plants of the genus Dahlia of the composite family, native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America and cultivated for their showy, colorful flower heads.
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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.
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The flower of this plant.
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Any plant of the genus Dahlia, tuberous perennial flowering plants native to Mexico.
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A female given name.
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Noun

Singular:
dahlia
Plural:
dahlias

Origin of dahlia

  • New Latin Dahlia genus name after Anders Dahl (1751–1787), Swedish botanist

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

  • Named 1791 by Spanish botanist Antonio José Cavanilles for Anders Dahl.

    From Wiktionary

  • From the flower dahlia in the 19th century.

    From Wiktionary