• WordNet 3.6
    • n Pelargonium geraniums native chiefly to South Africa; widely cultivated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prop. n Pelargonium (Bot) A large genus of plants of the order Geraniaceæ, differing from Geranium in having a spurred calyx and an irregular corolla.☞ About one hundred and seventy species are known, nearly all of them natives of South Africa, and many having very beautiful blossoms. See the Note under Geranium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pelargonium An ornamental genus of plants of the order Geraniaceæ, type of the tribe Pelargonieæ, known by the conspicuous stipules. There are about 175 species, or as some estimate over 400, of which about 10 are found in northern Africa, the Orient, and Australia, and all the others in South Africa. They are herbs or shrubs often viscid-pubescent and odorous, sometimes fleshy, bearing opposite undivided or dissected leaves, and flowers of scarlet, pink, white, or other colors, usually conspicuous and in umbels. Many species are cultivated for their handsome flowers or fragrant leaves, and from their strong tendency to hybridize these have produced very numerous varieties; those of P. grandiflorum.are known specifically as pelargoniums or as Martha Washington geraniums; other species are the single-and double-flowering geraniums of house culture, of which leading forms are the horseshoe-, ivy-leafed, oak-leafed, lemon, rose, silver-, gold-, and bronze-leafed, and tricolor geraniums. P. triste produces tubers which are eaten at Cape Colony. An essential oil is made from the leaves of several species, especially, in Algeria, of P. odoratissimum. See geranium, 3.
    • n pelargonium [lowercase] A plant of the genus Pelargonium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pelargonium pel-ar-gō′ni-um a vast genus of beautiful flowering plants of order Geraniaceæ
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. Gr. pelargo`s a stork
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pelargos, stork, the beaked capsules resembling a stork's beak.


In literature:

The Pelargonium case in the "Origin" seems to point in the same direction.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
In scarlet dwarf Pelargonium, you will find occasionally an additional and abnormal stamen on opposite and lower side of flower.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The so-called geraniums in cultivation are pelargoniums, strictly speaking.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Pelargonium rodneyanum, volume 2 page 144.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Without sunlight, they can no more thrive than a Pelargonium could without water.
"Cactus Culture For Amateurs" by W. Watson
The simplest greenhouse culture suffices to raise Pelargoniums from seed.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
I have seen, even beyond Umea, some fine specimens of cactus, pelargonium, calla, and other exotics.
"Northern Travel" by Bayard Taylor
Dark-coloured pelargoniums and verbenas are more scorched by the sun than varieties of other colours.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The pelargonium group, including many varieties of geranium, is widely represented.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
What are generally known as Geraniums are, strictly speaking, Pelargoniums, which see.
"The Practical Garden-Book" by C. E. Hunn
In Pelargonium the spur from one of the sepals is adherent to the flower-stalk.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
He bent his horror-distorted face over a stone half hid in tufted pelargonium.
"Between Sun and Sand" by William Charles Scully
The various races of pelargoniums have sprung from the intermixture of some of the species obtained from the Cape.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 7" by Various
The appearance of a specimen pelargonium properly pruned is shown in fig.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 7" by Various
It drenches the Pelargoniums and Verbenas, till their blossoms are half washed away.
"A Year in a Lancashire Garden" by Henry Arthur Bright
A Geranium has ten stamens, and a Pelargonium has only seven (perfect ones).
"Talks about Flowers." by M. D. Wellcome

In news:

Regal and Angel Geraniums (Pelargonium domesticum) are also known as Martha Washington geraniums .
Scented-leaf geraniums (Pelargonium domesticum) are often heirloom plants that are grown for their pleasing fragrance, unusual foliage, delicate flowers, essential oils and even for cooking.
Dummen's 'Graziosa Royal Lilac' pelargonium.
As part of a planned move to focus research and product development at its corporate headquarters, Ecke Geraniums, LLC has completed a relocation of its pelargonium and geranium breeding to its Encinitas, Calif, facilities.
In addition to its Magnum and Stardust series, Dömmen has added varieties to several existing series like Dragone begonias, Potunia petunias and Survivor pelargoniums.