Penstemon Definition

pĕn-stēmən, pĕnstə-mən
penstemons
noun
Any of a large genus (Penstemon) of chiefly North American plants of the figwort family, having five stamens, the fifth of which is bearded and sterile, and bearing tubular, showy, white, pink, red, blue, or purple flowers.
Webster's New World

Any of the genus Penstemon, the beardtongues.

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Synonyms:
genus Penstemon
pronoun

A taxonomic genus within the family Plantaginaceae "” the beardtongues, native to east Asia and North America.

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Other Word Forms of Penstemon

Noun

Singular:
penstemon
Plural:
penstemons

Origin of Penstemon

  • New Latin Pēnstēmōn genus name Greek pente five penkwe in Indo-European roots Greek stēmōn thread (in reference to its four fertile stamens and single prominent staminode) stā- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From the genus name.

    From Wiktionary

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