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coleus Syllabification: co·le·us
Pronunciation: /ˈkōlēəs/

Definition of coleus in English:


A tropical Southeast Asian plant of the mint family that has brightly colored variegated leaves and is popular as a houseplant.
  • Genus Solenostemon (formerly Coleus), family Labiatae
Example sentences
  • Late-spring-to-frost annuals include the numerous sun coleuses, cleomes, periwinkles and zinnias.
  • I've had great success with basil, begonias, coleus, impatients, tomatoes, and tomatillos.
  • In summer months, bright annuals such as impatiens, begonia, and coleus make attractive companion plants.


Modern Latin, from Greek koleos 'sheath' (because of the way the stamens are joined together, resembling a sheath).

Words that rhyme with coleus

Julius • nucleus • Equuleus
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