any of a genus (Shortia
, family Diapensiaceae, order Diapensiales) of evergreen, dicotyledonous plants with
, white flowers on long stalks
; esp., an American species (S. galacifolia
) native to the mountains
of the Carolinas
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Word origin of 'shortia'
ModL, after C. W. Short
(1794-1863), U.S. horticulturist + -ia