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.Also 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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