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agapanthus Syllabification: ag·a·pan·thus
Pronunciation: /ˌaɡəˈpanTHəs/

Definition of agapanthus in English:


A South African plant of the lily family, with funnel-shaped bluish flowers that grow in rounded clusters. Also called lily-of-the-Nile.
  • Genus Agapanthus, family Liliaceae (or Alliaceae)
Example sentences
  • A romantic 15-acre garden with a Saxon mound planted with yuccas, agapanthus, lilies, hosta and geraniums, dry moat, poplar avenue, yew hedges and terraces leading to riverside walks.
  • For especially dramatic container plants, try the summer flower bulbs, for starters: tuberose, oxalis, agapanthus, cannas, begonias, dahlias, caladiums, lilies, or elephant ears.
  • Tall spring bloomers that stand on their own and that are easy to grow are agapanthus, alliums, blood lilies, and African irises.


Modern Latin, from Greek agapē 'love' + anthos 'flower'.

Words that rhyme with agapanthus

acanthus, clianthus, dianthus, helianthus, polyanthus

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