One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that includes cockscomb.
Genus Celosia, family Amarantaceae
- ‘Colourful petunias, vincas, celosias, dahlias and so on offer a feast to the eyes.’
- ‘Hydrangeas, celosia, yarrow, baby's breath, rose buds, and cornflowers also dry well and make gorgeous decorations.’
- ‘Skip dwarf bedding plants; you need celosias 20-to 40-inches tall for dramatic vertical accent in arrangements.’
- ‘Replace fading cool-season annuals with heat lovers like celosias, dahlias, marigolds, petunias, salvias, and verbenas.’
- ‘Most of our celosia fell victim to damping off, and the larkspur and other flowers were late.’
Modern Latin, from Greek kēlos ‘burnt or dry’ (from the burnt appearance of the flowers in some species).
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