Xenia definition

zēnē-ə, zēnyə
The effect, such as an increase in size, on the embryo or endosperm of a plant, resulting from fertilization with pollen of a genetically distinct variety.
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(bot.) The immediate influence of pollen from one strain of a plant upon the endosperm of another strain, resulting in hybrid characters in the form, color, etc. of the resulting growth, as in the colors of corn grains.
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(classical studies) The concept of hospitality to strangers.
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(botany) The effect that genes from pollen have on the endosperm.
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A female given name of mainly historical use in English.
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An unincorporated community in Kansas.
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A city in Ohio.
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Origin of xenia

  • New Latin from Greek xeniā hospitality from xenos guest, stranger xeno–

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

  • From the assumed name of a fifth century saint venerated in the Eastern Orthodox Church, Latin Xenia, from Ancient Greek ξενία (ksenia, “hospitable").

    From Wiktionary

  • New Latin, from Ancient Greek ξενία (xenia, “hospitality")

    From Wiktionary