Noun Adelaster Definition and Examples







Each of several plants formerly placed in a small genus Adelaster but now placed in the genus Fittonia (family Acanthaceae), comprising small South American plants sold elsewhere as indoor pot plants for their foliage. Also (in form Adelaster): the former genus itself.
    ((n.) A provisional name for a plant which has not had its flowers botanically examined, and therefore has not been referred to its proper genus.)

    Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Magazine Horticulture. From scientific Latin Adelaster, genus name from ancient Greek ἄδηλος not evident, unseen + ἀστέρ-, ἀστήρ star.

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