One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australasian plant of the pea family, which bears drooping clusters of large scarlet flowers.
Genus Clianthus, family LeguminosaeAlso called glory pea
- ‘Your clianthus is infested with Carnation Tortrix caterpillars.’
- ‘When A stands for abutilon, B for bougainvillea and C for clianthus, we must be in a conservatory where the temperature never falls below 45 degrees Fahrenheit.’
- ‘Clianthus formosus, the desert pea from Australia, is a spectacular shrub when in flower.’
Modern Latin, apparently from Greek kleos, klei- ‘glory’ + anthos ‘flower’.
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