Definition of pieris in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpīris/ Pronunciation: /ˈpi(ə)ris/


An evergreen shrub of the heath family, typically having pink or red young leaves and loose clusters of waxy white bell-shaped flowers.
  • Genus Pieris, family Ericaceae: many species, in particular P. floribunda of North America.
Example sentences
  • Rhododendrons, most heathers, camellias, pieris, skimmia, citrus and many others must have acid soil.
  • The same cultural practices may also be applied to blueberries, pieris, heather, holly and other plants that prefer acid, organic soils.
  • Some shrubs like rhododendrons, magnolias, pieris, enkianthus, and most evergreens are best not pruned at all.


Modern Latin, from the Latin name of one of the Muses, from Pieria, the name of a district in northern Thessaly, Greece, said to be the home of the Muses.

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Syllabification: pie·ris

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