One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of the family Gesneriaceae comprising three species of perennial herbaceous plants found in mountainous regions of Europe, having a basal rosette of hairy leaves and lilac or violet flowers. Also (in form ramonda): a plant of this genus (also with distinguishing word).
Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Loudon (1783–1843), landscape gardener and horticultural writer. From scientific Latin Ramonda from the name of Louis François Élisabeth Ramond, Baron Carbonièrres, French botanist and traveller + scientific Latin -a.
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