Meaning of hortensia in English:


Pronunciation /hɔːˈtɛnsɪə/


  • A hydrangea of a group of varieties that have large rounded flower heads composed chiefly of sterile florets.

    Compare with lacecap

    Hydrangea macrophylla varieties, family Hydrangeaceae

    ‘The big white, pink, or blue hortensias (Hydrangea macrophylla, zones 6 to 9) are now available in smaller varieties.’
    • ‘Within two years of the first publication in 1922, Joyce sent his patron Harriet Shaw Weaver a letter in which he reported receiving hortensias from a group of admirers of the novel to mark June 16.’
    • ‘[Buyer] has bought and received hortensias from [Seller] in December 1997 for a total amount of Dutch Florins [DFL] 41,413.95.’


Late 18th century modern Latin, named after Hortense, wife of J.-A. Lepaute (1720–c87), French clockmaker.