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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of Old World plants belonging to the Pink family (Caryophyllaceæ). Most of the species have brilliantly colored flowers and cottony leaves, which may have anciently served as wicks for lamps. The botanical name is in common use for the garden species. The corn cockle (Lychnis Githago) is a common weed in wheat fields.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. lychnides (-ni-dēz). A ruby, sapphire, or carbuncle.
  • n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of caryophyllaceous plants of the tribe Sileneæ, characterized by a 10-nerved calyx, or rarely one with many parallel nerves, and commonly 3 styles and a 3- or 6-valved capsule.
  • n. A plant of the genus Lychnis, especially L. Chalcedonica.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone

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