Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several plants of the genera Lychnis and Silene native chiefly to the Northern Hemisphere and having variously colored flowers with notched or fringed petals.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any flowering plant of the genus Lychnis.
  • n. Any flowering plant of the genus Silene.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the Pink family (Cucubalus bacciferus), bearing berries regarded as poisonous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of certain plants belonging to the genera Lychnis and Silene (which see).

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

  • n. any plant of the genus Silene

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • I used the red-flowered or day-campion, which is a perennial herb, and a smooth variety of the white evening-campion, which flowers as a rule in the first summer.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

  • It possesses more fascination than the similar but staid red campion.

    Country diary

  • Waist-high colonies of red campion alternate with leggy stalks of buttercup and bright eaves of flowering honeysuckle; dog roses sprinkle their pink, aromatic ladders from high hedge-tops.

    Country diary: Anglesey

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  • In the parish lanes, sunlit banks of red campion, white stitchwort, bluebells and ferns are dusty from earth eroded by burrowing rabbits and stirred up by traffic.

    Country Diary: St Dominic, Tamar Valley

  • There are 12 wild flower species in the ordinary playing field but in its first year the haven was home to 107 species, including scabious, white campion and bird's foot trefoil.

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  • Granite bedrock and boulders – all encrusted with lichens – are lapped in clumps of white bladder campion and pink thrift, drifts of bluebells and patches of turf starred with vernal squill (the seaside bluebell).

    Country diary: Cornwall

  • Above the neck of land and its relics of ancient fortifications tower pillars and blocks of granite where yet more bluebells grow in cracks and gullies, with cushions of sea-pink and campion softening ledges above the sea.

    Country diary: Cornwall

  • The flowers are a deep magenta, both richer and brighter than red campion found elsewhere, and they stand bold and beautiful against the blue of the sea beyond.

    Country diary

  • Half-hidden among the golden masses are delicate pink flowers of fragile-looking ladies 'smock and in the drier grass a few feet away rise tall patches of red campion, the silvery down on the stems caught by the late afternoon sunshine.

    Country diary

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  • From "Haile Selassie Funeral Train" by Guy Davenport.

    January 19, 2010