Definition of fuchsia in English:

fuchsia

noun

  • 1A shrub with pendulous tubular flowers that are typically of two contrasting colours. They are native to America and New Zealand and are commonly grown as ornamentals.

    • ‘Most varieties of fuchsias will tolerate temperatures down to about 25 to 28 degrees before serious damage is done.’
    • ‘You may let plants dry a little in their dormancy during mid-winter - but do not allow your fuchsias to grow in conditions that become dry or are exposed to strong winds.’
    • ‘The greenhouses are now stuffed full with geranimus, surfinia petunias, fuchsias and gazanias.’
    • ‘Situate the chains or other hanging device so your fuchsias can grow around them.’
    • ‘On the cool north coast, fuchsias and geraniums gleam against the fog-washed green of redwoods and rhododendrons.’
    • ‘He has also made a border featuring fuchsias, marigolds and nasturtiums.’
    • ‘Add some hardy fuchsias for their pink, red and white tubular flowers that appeal to the hummingbirds.’
    • ‘Do I need to protect my hardy fuchsias through the winter?’
    • ‘We have perennial wallflower, fuchsias, lobelia, dahlia and sedum still blooming - the sedum looking particularly good with deep reddish brown flowers and yellowing foliage.’
    • ‘Books on fuchsias have ‘blossomed’ in the past twenty years, and there is now a wide range to choose from.’
    • ‘Geraniums, dianthus, cosmos, sweet peas and even fuchsias are also popular.’
    • ‘Trailing fuchsias are the most fussy about temperature, much like many humans.’
    • ‘Dan's parents gave us three old chimney pots which I plated with trailing fuchsia today.’
    • ‘That predecessor, F. magellanica, is also the hardiest garden fuchsia that's widely grown today.’
    • ‘Items stolen have included potentilla bushes, arabis and fuchsias.’
    • ‘True to their name, trailing fuchsias are the most desirable for planting in suspended containers.’
    • ‘Try what excites you: blue sceavola, various ivies, lantana, coleus, verbena, fuchsia, daisies, impatiens, and roses.’
    • ‘Hardy fuchsias are useful shrubs that grow in most positions and soils although deep shade will affect flowering.’
    • ‘Since the trailing fuchsias we're planting will be suspended, containers should be lightweight but sturdy.’
    1. 1.1Australian Used in names of plants of other families with flowers similar to the fuchsia, e.g. native fuchsia.
      • ‘A little further along the track there are some tree fuchsias - kotukutuku (which is the Maori word for a walking stick).’
      • ‘Tree fuchsias can be recognised by their orange-tinged, peeling bark.’
      • ‘You will also see mahoe, putaputaweta, broadleaf, tree fuchsia and pigeonwood, and walk through a stand of kanuka.’
      • ‘To see a stand of mature red beech and also kowhai, fuchsia and rata trees choose Bob's Cove Bridle Track, a walk that takes 1.5 hours return.’
      • ‘After days of beech forest, the sudden profusion of mountain holly, Mt Cook lily, tree fuchsia, and dracophyllum, is striking.’
    2. 1.2mass noun A vivid purplish-red colour like that of the sepals of a typical fuchsia flower.
      ‘dresses in fuchsia and lavender’
      • ‘There was a fabulous show of colour with pink, fuchsia, cerise and many shades of green standing out.’
      • ‘As for colors, we'll be seeing the return of white bases adorned with colorful designs, yellow, orange, lime green, fuchsia, sky blue in their brightest of forms.’
      • ‘Customising your own look is also an option at Tesco, which is selling underwire and triangle bikini tops as well as deep and narrow pants and overskirts in fuchsia, purple and black.’
      • ‘A strong ethnic collection, it uses vivid colours which range form burgundy and strong fuchsia to canary yellow and electric blue.’
      • ‘Barber suggests a coloured lip balm, in coral or fuchsia, waterproof mascara, fun coloured pencils and a tint with SPF.’
      • ‘Staring back at me in the mirror with really confused eyes was a girl with porcelain skin, rosy red cheeks that flushed with the colour apple red; fuchsia stained lips and scarily outlined eyes.’
      • ‘In fact, I'm quite fond of fuchsia specifically because its that sort of colour that can make ANYONE look as though they have a healthy tan.’
      • ‘But if you're prone to wearing dark, conservative colours, a contrasting pop of colour like fuchsia works in more ways than one.’
      • ‘Purple, pink, fuchsia, and light greens are already displayed in stores and on magazine covers everywhere.’
      • ‘The result: walls that are half exposed brick and half jaggedly broken plaster painted in bright strains of fuchsia, aqua, yellow, and blue.’
      • ‘The trick is that they're also a great foil for playful accessories in lemon yellow, tangerine, fuchsia, red, or sky-blue.’
      • ‘The artist will contrast vermilion, fuchsia and a yellow, and the painting will feel strangely crepuscular.’
      • ‘While Arts and Crafts motifs survive from the era when the house was extended by the architect Robert Lorimer, elsewhere some of the walls are daubed in fuchsia, lime green or vivid blue paint.’
      • ‘From fuchsia to deep purple, algae green, midnight blue and even contrasts the entire spectrum is on display.’
      • ‘‘And in a range of colours from fuchsia to orange, yellow to aqua,’ she adds.’
      • ‘Turquoise, purple, fuchsia, sun yellow and emerald green make up the colourful palette from which you can choose.’
      • ‘Black, brown, navy, and gray are all great fall/winter colors, but so are lime green, purple and fuchsia… well, at least when worn and combined properly.’
      • ‘The great expanse of the Terris Nebula dominated the western horizon, with its many hues of vermilion, purple and fuchsia against the dark sapphire of the evening sky.’
      • ‘Some pieces were quite feminine, in colours ranging from white and fuchsia to powder blue, and there were bouquet prints.’
      • ‘For your choice of cool colors, stick to traditional fall shades like brown, navy and gray, and contrast these with bright yellow, lavender, fuchsia, light green, and even purple.’

Origin

Modern Latin, named in honour of Leonhard Fuchs (1501–66), German botanist.

Pronunciation

fuchsia

/ˈfjuːʃə/