ersatz_read (ersatz_read) wrote in 1word1day,

Monday word: amoena

amoena (a 'moi na) noun
A bearded iris with white or tinted white standards (upper petals) and colored falls (lower petals).
Here is an example, and here is another.

Etymology:  Latin, meaning beautiful, attractive, pleasant, charming, etc.

The above definition is specific to the iris community, but you will also see the word in scientific names:  Passerina amoena (lazuli bunting), Caladenia amoena (charming spider orchid), Ceratosoma amoenum (clown nudibranch).

(Yes, I received an iris catalog today.)
Tags: a, latin, noun, wordsmith: ersatz_read

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