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phormium Line breaks: phor|mium
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːmɪəm/

Definition of phormium in English:


The flax-lily of New Zealand.
Example sentences
  • Tall strap-leafed phormiums, or New Zealand flax, and the architectural-looking kniphofia, or red-hot poker, added structure just as surely as did the seating areas, paths, and stone work.
  • Roses, honeysuckle and clematis run vigorously together up the pergola, beneath which are hebes, more hostas, hardy geraniums and several magnificent phormiums.
  • Ornamental trees and shrubs in shades of burgundy, plum, rust, gold, and celery green are backdrops for shapely succulents, phormiums, and kangaroo paws.


Early 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek phormion 'small basket' (with reference to the use made of the fibres).

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