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Any of various plants of the genus Zinnia of the composite family, native to tropical America and widely cultivated for their showy, colorful flower heads.

[New Latin Zinnia, genus name, after Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759), German botanist.]


(Plants) any annual or perennial plant of the genus Zinnia, of tropical and subtropical America, having solitary heads of brightly coloured flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C18: named after J. G. Zinn (died 1759), German botanist]


(ˈzɪn i ə)

n., pl. -ni•as.
any New World composite plant of the genus Zinnia, having dense, colorful flower heads.
[1760–70; < New Latin, after J. German. Zinn (1727–59), German botanist; see -ia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zinnia - any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower headszinnia - any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Zinnia - genus of annual or perennial plants of tropical America having solitary heads of brightly colored flowers
white zinnia, Zinnia acerosa - subshrub with slender woolly stems and long narrow leaves and flower heads with white rays; southern United States and northern Mexico
little golden zinnia, Zinnia grandiflora - subshrub having short leafy stems and numerous small flower heads with nearly round yellow-orange rays; Arizona south to Mexico and east to Kansas


[ˈzɪnɪə] Nrascamoño m, zinnia f


nZinnie f
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