Definition of heliconia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌheliˈkōnēə/


A large-leaved tropical American plant that bears spectacular flowers with brightly colored bracts.
  • Genus Heliconia, family Heliconiaceae (formerly Musaceae): many species, including the lobster claw.
Example sentences
  • A lush island, Tobago is awash with colour, from the orchids, heliconia and hibiscus tumbling over garden walls to the fruit orchards and cocoa plantations of the interior.
  • You can learn about the flora of the island with a visit to Tropical Gardens of Maui, where a self-guided tour leads through plantings of palm, orchids, red and yellow heliconias, ginger, and hibiscus.
  • On many parts of the island, ash smothered all vegetation; the weight of the ashfall stripped limbs from trees and toppled smaller plants, such as banana and heliconia.

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Syllabification: hel·i·co·nia

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