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An ornamental African plant, Acidanthera bicolor (syn. Gladiolus callianthus), having fibrous corms, swordlike leaves, and large, fragrant white flowers with purple centers. Also called peacock orchid.
[New Latin : Greek akis, akid-, needle; see ak- in Indo-European roots + New Latin anthera; see anther.]
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(Plants) any plant of the African cormous genus Acidanthera, cultivated for its graceful tubular white and red or white and purple flowers, often scented: family Iridaceae
[from Greek akis point + New Latin anthera anther, from the shape of the anthers]
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