Rondeletia

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Rondeletia (Bot) A tropical genus of rubiaceous shrubs which often have brilliant flowers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rondeletia A genus of gamopetalous shrubs and trees of the order Rubiaceæ. type of the tribe Rondeletieæ. It is characterized by a globose calyx bearing four or five narrow, persistent, and nearly equal lobes, by a wheel-shaped or salver-form corolla with a long slender tube and four or five obovate broadly imbricating lobes, and by the loculicidal capsule, which is small, rigid, globose, two-furrowed, and two-valved. There are about 60 species, natives of the West Indies and tropical America from Mexico to the United States of Colombia, rarely extending into Guiana and Peru. They bear opposite or whorled leaves, which are thin or coriaceous and sessile, furnished with broad stipules between the petioles. Their small flowers are white, yellow, or red, and usually in axillary flattened, rounded, or panicled cymes. Various handsome species are cultivated under glass, among them R. odorata, with fragrant scarlet flowers, and R. versicolor, whose deep rose-colored flowers become paler after expansion. Some species are still known as Rogiera, the name of a former genus, including species with connate stipules and corolla hairy in the throat.
    • n rondeletia A genus of fishes of the family Rondeletiidæ, found in the deep seas. One species is known.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. So named after William Rondelet, a French naturalist

Usage

In literature:

Very excellent Rondeletia may also be made with English spirit.
"The Art of Perfumery" by G. W. Septimus Piesse
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