Definition of alfilaria in English:

alfilaria

(also alfileria, alfilerilla, alfillerilla)

noun

North American
  • Any of several storksbills of the Eurasian genus Erodium, especiallyE. cicutarium (with bright pink flowers) and E. moschatum (with purple flowers), formerly cultivated as forage plants and now widely naturalized in North America.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From Spanish alfilerillo from alfiler pin + -illo (from classical Latin -illus: see -illa), with alteration of the suffix after -illa. In some forms with further alteration of the suffix after -ia, probably by analogy with scientific Latin botanical names ending in -eria and -aria. The plants are so called on account of the shape of their carpels.

Pronunciation

alfilaria

/alˌfɪləˈriːə//alfɪˈlɛːrɪə/