Rhexia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Rhexia deer grass
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rhexia A genus of polypetalous plants of the order Melastomaceæ, type of the tribe Rhexieæ. It is characterized by the four obovate petals, the smooth ovary, and the eight equal anthers with a thickened or spurred connective, each anther long and slender, incurved, and opening by a single terminal pore. The 7 species are natives of North America, and are the only members of their large family which pass beyond the tropics, except the 2 species of Bredia in eastern Asia. Three or four species extend to the Middle Atlantic States, and one is found in New England. They are herbs or erect undershrubs, branched and usually set with conspicuous, dark, gland-bearing bristles. Their leaves are oblong, short-petioled, three-nerved, entire or bristle-toothed, the flowers solitary or cymose, commonly of a purplish-red color with yellow stamens, and very pretty. They bear the names deer-grass and meadow-beauty, the latter applying especially to R. Virginica, the best-known and most northern species, sometimes cultivated.
    • n rhexia In zoology, a genus of hemipterous insects.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rhexia rek′si-a a genus of polypetalous plants, native to North America, of the tribe Rhexieæ (rek-sī′ē-ē).
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—Gr. rhēxisrhēgnynai, to break.

Usage

In literature:

In Rhexia virginica Mr. W.H.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
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