Definition of hippeastrum in English:



    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Like hippeastrums the Belladonna Lily or Jersey Lily bears clusters of huge flowers on tall stalks which are solid rather than hollow.’
    • ‘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).