Definition of gilia in English:

gilia

noun

  • Any of numerous plants of the genus Gilia or related genera of the phlox family Polemoniaceae, which are chiefly low-growing herbs of desert habitats in North and South America, cultivated as ornamentals for their flowers. Also (in form Gilia): the genus itself.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Penny Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Gilia, genus name from the name of Filippo Luigi Gilii, Italian priest and scientist + -a.

Pronunciation

gilia

/ˈdʒɪlɪə/