from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several usually hairy Old World plants, especially in the genera Anchusa, Brunnera, and Echium, having blue or violet flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several plants in the borage family, Boraginaceae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Anchusa, and especially the Anchusa officinalis, sometimes called alkanet; oxtongue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of the plant Anchusa officinalis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. widespread European weed with spiny tongue-shaped leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in United States
- n. perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowers
Middle English buglosse, from Old French, from Late Latin būglōssa, from Latin būglōssos, from Greek bouglōssos : bous, ox; see gwou- in Indo-European roots + glōssa, tongue.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French buglosse, from Latin buglossa, buglossus, from Ancient Greek βούγλωσσον (bouglōssos, "Anchusa italica"), βούς (bous, "ox") + γλωσσον (glosson, "tongue") (Wiktionary)