ixia [ik-see-uh] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- any of various southern African plants of the genus Ixia, of the iris family, having sword-shaped leaves and showy, ornamental flowers.
Origin of ixia New Latin (Linnaeus) Greek ixía birdlime, equivalent to ix(ós) mistletoe, birdlime (made with mistletoe berries) + -ia -ia Examples from the Web for ixia Historical Examples of ixia
They are grown like the Ixia, but are rather more tender, and do best if kept indoors in winter.
IXIA crocata foliis ensiformibus, floribus secundis corolia basi hyalino-fenestratis.
IXIA longiflora foliis ensiformibus linearibus strictis, tubo filiformi longissimo.
Professor de Vriese figures something of the same kind in Ixia carminosa.
Maxwell T. Masters
Ixia, a genus containing about twenty-five species of very free-flowering bulbs.
British Dictionary definitions for ixia ixia noun
- any plant of the iridaceous genus Ixia, of southern Africa, having showy ornamental funnel-shaped flowers
Word Origin for ixia C18: New Latin from Greek ixos mistletoe, birdlime prepared from mistletoe berries