Definition of polyanthus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpɒlɪˈanθəs/

noun (plural same)

A herbaceous flowering plant which is a complex hybrid between the wild primrose and primulas, cultivated in Europe since the 17th century.
  • Primula × polyantha, family Primulaceae.
Example sentences
  • Most gardeners know - and grow - primroses and polyanthus.
  • And everywhere I look there are primulas and polyanthus showing their bright little flowers.
  • Other jobs include dividing primulas and polyanthus once they have finished flowering.


Early 18th century: modern Latin, from poly- 'many' + Greek anthos 'flower'.

Words that rhyme with polyanthus

acanthus, agapanthus, clianthus, dianthus, helianthus

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Line breaks: poly|an¦thus

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