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A genus of tropical American shrubs and small trees (family Solanaceae), the members of which have evergreen leathery leaves and large, fragrant, tubular or bell-shaped flowers (typically purple or yellow fading to white); (also brunfelsia) any plant of this genus, especially one cultivated as an ornamental.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Miller (1691–1771), horticulturist and writer. In some forms from post-classical Latin Brunsfelsia from the name of Otto Brunsfels (also Brunfels; 1488–1534), German herbalist + -ia.
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