American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several North American herbs of the genus Rudbeckia in the composite family, especially R. hirta, having hairy stems and leaves and showy flower heads with orange-yellow rays and dark purple or brown centers.
- n. A tropical African twining herb (Thunbergia alata) cultivated for its showy, usually yellow to orange tubular flowers with dark purple centers.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One of several plants having flowers or heads with a dark center. One of these is Flemingia alata (see
Thunbergia); another the flower-of-an-hour, Hibiscus Trionum; a third, Rudbeckia hirta (see Rudbeckia).
GNU Webster's 1913
- The coneflower, or yellow daisy (Rudbeckia hirta).
- The bladder ketmie.
- n. annual weedy herb with ephemeral yellow purple-eyed flowers; Old World tropics; naturalized as a weed in North America
- n. tropical African climbing plant having yellow flowers with a dark purple center
- n. the state flower of Maryland; of central and southeastern United States; having daisylike flowers with dark centers and yellow to orange rays
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