Definition of abelia in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈbiːlɪə/


An East Asian shrub of the honeysuckle family, typically having small tubular pink or white flowers.
  • Genus Abelia, family Caprifoliaceae.
Example sentences
  • Summer- and fall-blooming shrubs include such plants as abelia, beautyberry, butterfly bush, rose of Sharon, crepe myrtle and summersweet.
  • Protect garden beds exposed to the wind with a hedge of glossy abelia.
  • The glossy abelia, a hybrid derived from species native to China, is the most commonly cultivated form.


Modern Latin; named after Clarke Abel (1780–1826), English botanist.

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