Definition of pieris in US English:

pieris

noun

  • An evergreen shrub of the heath family, typically having pink or red young leaves and loose clusters of waxy white bell-shaped flowers.

    Genus Pieris, family Ericaceae: many species, in particular P. floribunda of North America

    • ‘The easiest plants to move are those with thin, compact and fibrous root systems such as rhododendrons, azaleas, pieris, hydrangeas and boxwoods.’
    • ‘The same cultural practices may also be applied to blueberries, pieris, heather, holly and other plants that prefer acid, organic soils.’
    • ‘Rhododendrons, most heathers, camellias, pieris, skimmia, citrus and many others must have acid soil.’
    • ‘The shrubs include camellias, hellebores, pieris and hydrangeas, which make a splendid sight when in bloom.’
    • ‘Some shrubs like rhododendrons, magnolias, pieris, enkianthus, and most evergreens are best not pruned at all.’

Origin

Modern Latin, from Latin, literally ‘Muse’, from Pieria, the name of a district in northern Thessaly, said to be the home of the Muses.

Pronunciation

pieris

/ˈpīris/