Definition of montbretia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmäntˈbrēSH(ē)ə/


A plant of the iris family with bright orange-yellow trumpet-shaped flowers.
  • Crocosmia × crocosmiflora, family Iridaceae.
Example sentences
  • Drive around the country at this time of year, particularly in the south, and you're sure to spot the old-fashioned montbretia waving in swaths on banks and woven through hedgerows.
  • All over the island there are great clumps of the brilliant orange montbretia.


Late 19th century: modern Latin, named after A. F. E. Coquebert de Montbret (1780–1801), French botanist.

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Syllabification: mont·bre·tia

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