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[New Latin Pelargonium, genus name, from Greek pelargos, stork (from the resemblance of its capsules to a stork's bill); see pel- in Indo-European roots.]


(Plants) any plant of the chiefly southern African geraniaceous genus Pelargonium, having circular or lobed leaves and red, pink, or white aromatic flowers: includes many cultivated geraniums
[C19: via New Latin from Greek pelargos stork, on the model of geranium; from the likeness of the seed vessels to a stork's bill]


(ˌpɛl ɑrˈgoʊ ni əm, -ər-)

n., pl. -ums.
any plant of the genus Pelargonium, the cultivated species of which are usu. called geranium.
[1810–20; < New Latin (1787) < Greek pelargó(s) stork + (gerá)nion geranium]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pelargonium - geraniums native chiefly to South AfricaPelargonium - geraniums native chiefly to South Africa; widely cultivated
rosid dicot genus - a genus of dicotyledonous plants
family Geraniaceae, Geraniaceae, geranium family - chiefly herbaceous plants
Pelargonium graveolens, rose geranium, sweet-scented geranium - any of several southern African geraniums having fragrant three-lobed to five-lobed leaves and pink flowers
bedding geranium, fish geranium, Pelargonium hortorum, zonal pelargonium - an upright geranium having scalloped leaves with a broad color zone inside the margin and white or pink or red flowers
hanging geranium, ivy geranium, ivy-leaved geranium, Pelargonium peltatum - a commonly cultivated trailing South American plant with peltate leaves and rosy flowers
apple geranium, nutmeg geranium, Pelargonium odoratissimum - geranium with round fragrant leaves and small white flowers
lemon geranium, Pelargonium limoneum - a common garden geranium with lemon-scented foliage


[ˌpɛləˈgəʊnɪəm] npelargonio
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In plants the same gradual process of improvement, through the occasional preservation of the best individuals, whether or not sufficiently distinct to be ranked at their first appearance as distinct varieties, and whether or not two or more species or races have become blended together by crossing, may plainly be recognised in the increased size and beauty which we now see in the varieties of the heartsease, rose, pelargonium, dahlia, and other plants, when compared with the older varieties or with their parent-stocks.
He was heavily involved with the Pelargonium and Geranium society, and he continued to be involved until the year before his death.
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Although Pelargonium graveolens do indeed belong to the Geranium larger family, they are in a distinct category of their own.
CONTAINING extracts of Pelargonium sidoides, a medicinal plant native to South Africa which has long been hailed for its anti-vial, anti-bacterial and mucus-relieving qualities, Kaloba promises to soothe symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, like a runny or blocked nose, sore throat or cough.
Washington, Jan 31 ( ANI ): A new study has found that extracts of the geranium plant Pelargonium sidoides inactivate human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and prevent the virus from invading human cells.
ILOOKED out on my patio a few days ago to see a pelargonium I planted back in May coming into flower yet again, at a time when most of my summer pots have been emptied.
The Pelargonium sidoides extract EPs[R] 7630 is an approved drug for the treatment of acute bronchitis in Germany.