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zinnia Syllabification: zin·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˈzinēə/

Definition of zinnia in English:

noun

An American plant of the daisy family that is widely cultivated for its bright showy flowers.
Example sentences
  • Annuals and perennials such as snapdragons, daisies, zinnias, and, of course, peonies and roses are old favorites.
  • Annuals with good deer resistance include ageratum, ice plant, pincushion flower, verbena and zinnias.
  • Goldfinches also feed on the seed of goldenrod, coreopsis, cosmos, zinnias, dandelions and other weedy plants.

Origin

Modern Latin, named after Johann G. Zinn (1727–59), German physician and botanist.

Words that rhyme with zinnia

Abyssinia, Bithynia, curvilinear, Gdynia, gloxinia, interlinear, Lavinia, linear, rectilinear, Sardinia, triclinia, Virginia

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