agapanthus

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English[edit]

Agapanthus praecox

Etymology[edit]

Possibly from Ancient Greek ἀγάπη (agápē, love, affection) + ἄνθος (ánthos, flower)

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agapanthus (plural agapanthuses)

  1. Any member of the genus Agapanthus of flowering plants.
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, Jess, Chapter 1,[1]
      Even the succulent blue lilies—a variety of the agapanthus which is so familiar to us in English greenhouses—hung their long trumpet-shaped flowers and looked oppressed and miserable, beneath the burning breath of the hot wind which had been blowing for hours like the draught from a volcano.
    • 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, New York: Scribner, Chapter 3, p. 11,[2]
      Here in their season grow the blue agapanthus, the wild watsonia, and the red-hot poker, and now and then it happens that one may glimpse an arum in a dell.

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