One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- see amaryllis
- ‘Like hippeastrums the Belladonna Lily or Jersey Lily bears clusters of huge flowers on tall stalks which are solid rather than hollow.’
- ‘Amaryllis can be grown outside while hippeastrum very often is used as an indoor plant.’
- ‘In horticultural practice, bud abortion is a substantial problem in several crops, including hippeastrum, nerine and tulip.’
- ‘As home gardeners get more sophisticated, retailers are now offering both hippeastrum and amaryllis in their catalogs.’
- ‘The Christmas Cactus galloped and had finished flowering by early December, ditto the hippeastrum.’
Modern Latin, from Greek hippeus ‘horseman’ (the leaves appearing to ride on one another) + astron ‘star’ (from the flower-shape).
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