Definition of osteospermum in English:

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osteospermum

Pronunciation: /ˌästēōˈspərməm/

noun (plural osteosperma /-mə/)

A plant or shrub of the daisy family, native to Africa and the Middle East, some varieties of which are cultivated for their yellow or violet flowers.
  • Genus Osteospermum, family Compositae.
Example sentences
  • Daisies such as arcotis, erigerum, gazanias and osteospermums are terrific value, flowering for many months of summer.
  • I love rudbeckias of all sizes, shastas similarly, colourful chrysanthemums and coreopsis, marguerites, ox-eyes, osteospermums; the list is almost endless.
  • That does not, however, mean that I will stop bugging the local nurseries to stock the exotic osteospermum!

Origin

Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek, osteo-, 'bone' + Greek, sperma, 'seed'.

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Syllabification: os·te·o·sper·mum

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