What does dahlia mean?

Definitions for dahliaˈdæl yə, ˈdɑl-; esp. Brit. ˈdeɪl-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dahlia, Dahlia pinnata(noun)

    any of several plants of or developed from the species Dahlia pinnata having tuberous roots and showy rayed variously colored flower heads; native to the mountains of Mexico and Central America and Colombia


  1. dahlia(Noun)

    Any plant of the genus Dahlia, tuberous perennial flowering plants native to Mexico.

  2. Dahlia(ProperNoun)


  3. Origin: Named 1791 by Spanish botanist Antonio José Cavanilles for Anders Dahl who discovered it in Mexico in 1788.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dahlia(noun)

    a genus of plants native to Mexico and Central America, of the order Compositae; also, any plant or flower of the genus. The numerous varieties of cultivated dahlias bear conspicuous flowers which differ in color

  2. Origin: [Named after Andrew Dahl a Swedish botanist.]


  1. Dahlia

    Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native mainly in Mexico, but also Central America, and Colombia. A member of the Asteraceae or Compositae, dicotyledonous plants, related species include the sunflower, daisy, chrysanthemum and zinnia. There are at least 36 species of dahlia, with hybrids commonly grown as garden plants. Flower forms are variable, with one head per stem; these can be as small as 2 in diameter or up to 1 ft. This great variety results from dahlias being octoploids—that is, they have eight sets of homologous chromosomes, whereas most plants have only two. In addition, dahlias also contain many transposons—genetic pieces that move from place to place upon an allele—which contributes to their manifesting such great diversity. The stems are leafy, ranging in height from as low as 12 in to more than 6–8 ft. The majority of species do not produce scented flowers or cultivars. Like most plants that do not attract pollinating insects through scent, they are brightly colored, displaying most hues, with the exception of blue. The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dahlia

    dāl′i-a, n. a genus of garden plants with large flowers. [From Dahl, a Swedish botanist.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Dahlia

    A plant genus of the family ASTERACEAE that contains antifungal plant defensin.

Editors Contribution

  1. dahlia

    A type of cultivar, plant or seed created and cultivated in various colors and species that bear flowers.

    My mother loves to plant dahlia in the spring so they grow and flower during the summer months, she chooses a wide variety of colors and we love to see them.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dahlia in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dahlia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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  1. Photographer Johnny Joo:

    See, many people can recognize an enchanting world within every raindrop rested atop the petals of a blossoming pink dahlia, but fail to notice how captivating they can still be when sat upon faded glass.

Images & Illustrations of dahlia

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