Dahlia

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Translingual[edit]

Dahlia flowers
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Etymology[edit]

Named by botanist Antonio José Cavanilles (1745-1804) after Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl (1751-1789).[1][2]

Proper noun[edit]

Dahlia f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Asteraceae — the dahlias.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erhardt, Walter & Götz, Erich & Bödeker, Nils & Seybold, Siegmund, Zander. Handwörterbuch der Pflanzennamen. Dictionary of plant names. Dictionnaire des noms de plantes, Ulmer, 2000.
  2. ^ Hyam, Roger & Pankhurst, Richard, Plants and their Names. A Concise Dictionary, Oxford University Press, US, 1995.

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the flower dahlia in the 19th century.

Proper noun[edit]

Dahlia

  1. A female given name.
    • 2006 Alice Munro, The View from Castle Rock, Chatto & Windus, ISBN 0701179899, page 175:
      The girls' names were April, Corinne, Gloria, Susannah, and Dahlia. I thought these names fanciful and lovely and would have liked the daughters' looks to match them, as if they were the beautiful children of an ogre in a fairy tale.