Definition of coleus in English:

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coleus

Pronunciation: /ˈkōlēəs/

noun

A tropical Southeast Asian plant of the mint family that has brightly colored variegated leaves and is popular as a houseplant.
  • Genus Solenostemon (formerly Coleus), family Labiatae
Example sentences
  • Late-spring-to-frost annuals include the numerous sun coleuses, cleomes, periwinkles and zinnias.
  • I've had great success with basil, begonias, coleus, impatients, tomatoes, and tomatillos.
  • In summer months, bright annuals such as impatiens, begonia, and coleus make attractive companion plants.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Greek koleos 'sheath' (because of the way the stamens are joined together, resembling a sheath).

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Syllabification: co·le·us

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