American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various plants of the genera Artemisia, Centaurea, Chrysanthemum, Lychnis, and Senecio, having leaves and stems covered with dustlike down.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The auricula, Primula Auricula: so called from the whitemealiness upon the leaves.
- n. The Senecio Cineraria, a common cultivated foliage-plant which is covered with white tomentum.
- n. Same as miller, 3.
- n. idiomatic A formulaic phrase for a miller, related to the dust generated in the milling process.
- n. One of several species of plants with leaves of a dusty appearance: Centaurea cineraria, Senecio cineraria, and Lychnis coronaria.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) a plant (Cineraria maritima); -- so called because of the ashy-white coating of its leaves.
- n. an old cottage garden plant of southeastern Europe widely cultivated for its attractive white woolly foliage and showy crimson flowers
- n. stiff much-branched perennial of the Mediterranean region having very white woolly stems and leaves
- n. a plant having leaves and stems covered with down that resembles dust
- n. herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant
- n. shrubby perennial of the Canary Islands having white flowers and leaves and hairy stems covered with dustlike down; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum
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