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sparaxis /spəˈræksɪs/ n
  1. any plant of the cormous S African genus Sparaxis, esp S. grandiflora and S. tricolor, grown for their dainty spikes of star-shaped purple, red, or orange flowers: family Iridaceae
Etymology: New Latin, from Greek sparassein to tear (from the appearance of the spathes)

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