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dahl·ia

 (dăl′yə, däl′-, dāl′-)
n.
Any of several tuberous-rooted plants of the genus Dahlia of the composite family, native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America and cultivated for their showy, colorful flower heads.

[New Latin Dahlia, genus name, after Anders Dahl (1751-1787), Swedish botanist.]

dahlia

(ˈdeɪljə)
n
1. (Plants) any herbaceous perennial plant of the Mexican genus Dahlia, having showy flowers and tuberous roots, esp any horticultural variety derived from D. pinnata: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) the flower or root of any of these plants
[C19: named after Anders Dahl, 18th-century Swedish botanist; see -ia]

dahl•ia

(ˈdæl yə, ˈdɑl-; esp. Brit. ˈdeɪl-)

n., pl. -ias.
any composite plant of the genus Dahlia, native to Mexico and Central America, having tuberous roots and showy flowers.
[< New Latin (1791), after Anders Dahl (d. 1789), Swedish botanist; see -ia]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dahlia - any of several plants of or developed from the species Dahlia pinnata having tuberous roots and showy rayed variously colored flower headsdahlia - any of several plants of or developed from the species Dahlia pinnata having tuberous roots and showy rayed variously colored flower heads; native to the mountains of Mexico and Central America and Colombia
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Dahlia - genus of perennial tuberous plants of Mexico and Central America
Translations
dália
jurginas
dalija

dahlia

[ˈdeɪlɪə] Ndalia f

dahlia

[ˈdeɪliə] n (= flower) → dahlia m

dahlia

nDahlie f

dahlia

[ˈdeɪlɪə] ndalia
References in classic literature ?
'Her petals are done up close, almost like a dahlia,' the Tiger-lily interrupted: 'not tumbled about anyhow, like yours.'
Miss Sedley was not of the sunflower sort; and I say it is out of the rules of all proportion to draw a violet of the size of a double dahlia.
She never finds herself very soon, so the minute her cap began to bob like a top-heavy dahlia, I whipped the VICAR OF WAKEFIELD out of my pocket, and read away, with one eye on him and one on Aunt.
The heat was terribly oppressive, and the huge sunlight flamed like a monstrous dahlia with petals of yellow fire.
It is well worth while carefully to study the several treatises published on some of our old cultivated plants, as on the hyacinth, potato, even the dahlia, &c.; and it is really surprising to note the endless points in structure and constitution in which the varieties and sub-varieties differ slightly from each other.
Weller's tops were newly cleaned, and his dress was arranged with peculiar care; the mottled-faced gentleman wore at his button-hole a full-sized dahlia with several leaves; and the coats of his two friends were adorned with nosegays of laurel and other evergreens.
The garden was a large one, and tastefully laid out; besides several splendid dahlias, there were some other fine flowers still in bloom: but my companion would not give me time to examine them: I must go with him, across the wet grass, to a remote sequestered corner, the most important place in the grounds, because it contained HIS garden.
The patch of lawn before it had relapsed into a hay- field; but to the left an overgrown box-garden full of dahlias and rusty rose-bushes encircled a ghostly summer- house of trellis-work that had once been white, surmounted by a wooden Cupid who had lost his bow and arrow but continued to take ineffectual aim.
She had spread out her little skirts to the best advantage, and, leaning back in a luxurious chair, sat admiring her own feet in new slippers with rosettes almost as big as dahlias. Presently Charlie came lounging in, looking rather sleepy and queer, Rose thought.
Then there are to be eschscholtzias, dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, scabiosa, portulaca, yellow violas, yellow stocks, yellow sweet-peas, yellow lupins--everything that is yellow or that has a yellow variety.
As dahlia shows take place throughout late summer, these spectacular plants continue to dazzle, their gorgeous blooms creating a riot of colour.
This one is especially useful to create a backdrop of dahlia blooms in tropical colours of yellow, orange, scarlet, pink and purples plus romantic pastel shades and white.