Definition of Martynia in US English:

Martynia

(also martynia)

noun

Botany
  • A genus of the family Pedaliaceae, consisting of sticky-haired plants, native to warm and tropical parts of America, with two-lipped flowers and long-beaked pods which can be pickled; (also martynia) a plant of this genus, especially Martynia annua, native to Mexico (also called unicorn plant).

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Chambers's Cyclopaedia. From scientific Latin Martynia (J. Martyn Historiae Plantarum Rariorum, adopted from earlier use by W. Houstoun) from the name of John Martyn, English botanist, apothecary, and miscellaneous writer + -ia.

Pronunciation

Martynia

/mɑːˈtɪnɪə/