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phacelia

Syllabification: pha·ce·li·a
Pronunciation: /fəˈsēlēə
 
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Definition of phacelia in English:

noun

A herbaceous American plant with clustered blue, violet, or white flowers.
  • Genus Phacelia, family Hydrophyllaceae
Example sentences
  • On the desert floor all around us blossomed yellow desert dandelions and purple phacelias.
  • This year I'm using winter tares - a winter hardy vetch which will fix nitrogen and provide good protection, but in the past I've also used clovers, buckwheat, phacelia and grazing rye.
  • Silky phacelia stood purple and straight, pussy toes bowed their heads.

Origin

modern Latin, from Greek phakelos 'cluster'.

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