The zinnia is named for Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759), a German botanist and physician who was a professor of medicine at Gottingen University. Zinn accomplished much during his short life, including completion of an influential text on the anatomy of the eye, published in 1753.
   Zinn's name was immortalized by the Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus, who named the zinnia genus after him. Zinn's life was reminiscent of the life of the Zinnia species elegans, which grows profusely and blooms but quickly succumbs to the first frost. Dr. Zinn died at age thirty-two, but his brief career had been productive as a botanist and a physician.
   There are fifteen species of zinnias. The tall forms, with showy, variously colored flowers called zinnia elegans, native to Mexico and the Southwest, are particularly widely cultivated.

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  • Zinnia — Zinnia …   Wikipédia en Français

  • zinnia — [ zinja ] n. m. • 1808; lat. bot. (1763); du nom du bot. all. Zinn ♦ Plante herbacée (composacées), d origine exotique, ornementale, à fleurs jaunes, rouges, orange et roses, aux nombreuses variétés. ● zinnia nom masculin (latin scientifique… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Zinnia — bezeichnet: Zinnia, eine Pflanzengattung Zinnia (1915), Minensucher der belgischen Marine (Stapellauf 1915) Zinnia (A 961), Führungs und Versorgungsschiff der belgischen Marine (Stapellauf 1967) Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Zinnia — in ni*a, n. [NL. So called after Professor Zinn, of G[ o]ttingen.] (Bot.) Any plant of the composite genus {Zinnia}, Mexican herbs with opposite leaves and large gay colored blossoms. {Zinnia elegans} is the commonest species in cultivation.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • zinnia — [zin′ē ə, zin′yə] n. [ModL, after J. G. Zinn (1727 59), Ger botanist] any of a genus (Zinnia) of plants of the composite family, having colorful flower heads, native to North and South America …   English World dictionary

  • Zinnĭa — (Z. L.), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Compositae Senecionideae, 19. Kl. 2. Ordn. L.; Arten: Z. elegans, Z. verticillata, beide in Mexico; Z. multiflora, in Luisiana, alle mit violetten od. gelben Strahlblumen; Zierpflanzen, in den… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Zinnĭa — L. (Zinnie), Gattung der Kompositen, Kräuter oder Halbsträucher mit sitzenden, gegen , selten quirlständigen Blättern und ziemlich großen Blütenköpfchen auf langen, oft keulenförmig verdickten Blütenstielen. Etwa 12 Arten in Mexiko, Arizona und… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Zinnia — Zinnĭa L., Pflanzengattg. der Kompositen, in Mexiko; Z. elĕgans Jacq., in vielen Farbenvarietäten Zierpflanze …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Zinnia — Zinnia, slægt af kurvblomstfamilien. Ses i Mexico …   Danske encyklopædi

  • zinnia — (n.) genus of herbs of the aster family, 1767, from Modern Latin (Linnæus, 1763), named for German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1729 1759) …   Etymology dictionary

  • zinnia — f. cinia …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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