Definition of Polemonium in US English:

Polemonium

noun

  • The type genus of the family Polemoniaceae, comprising annual and perennial herbaceous plants native to America, Asia, and Europe, many of which are cultivated for their single and clustered bell-shaped flowers; (also polemonium) a plant of this genus (compare "Jacob's ladder".

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From post-classical Latin Polemonium from Hellenistic Greek πολεμώνιον, an unidentified plant from Πολέμων, proper name + -ιον, suffix forming nouns, or, according to Pliny, directly from πόλεμος war. Compare.

Pronunciation

Polemonium

/ˌpɒlɪˈməʊnɪəm/