Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Eryngium having spiny leaves and dense clusters of small bluish flowers.

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  • n. A plant of the genus Eryngium.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of the genus Eryngium.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See eringo.

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  • n. any plant of the genus Eryngium

Etymologies

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

Alteration of Latin ēryngion, sea holly, from Greek ērungion, diminutive of ērungos.

Examples

  • In his hand he significantly carries a blue _eryngo_, called in German "Mannstreu."

    Albert Durer

  • The Zonites, a rude clan, grazing on the heads of the prickly eryngo, despise all tender preliminaries.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • Zonitis, the full-blown heads of the eryngo (_Eryngium campestre_); for Schaeffer's Cerocoma, the heads of the Îles d'Hyères everlasting

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • Two Zonites, both visitors of the eryngo-heads during the heats of summer, are among the Meloidæ of my part of the country.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles

  • Here, in fact, on the pebbly ground of the wastelands, is the eryngo agaric (Pleurotus eryngii, D. C.), which has the same consistency as the other.

    The Life of the fly; with which are interspersed some chapters of autobiography

  • No, for close beside them stand several eryngo-stems, whose sturdy clusters are the

    More Hunting Wasps

  • Scoliae arrive from the neighbouring fields, where they have been slaking their thirst on the eryngo-heads.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • I feed them on honey, placed in little drops on spikes of lavender, on heads of thistle, or field eryngo, or globe-thistle, according to the season.

    More Hunting Wasps

  • -- for some suppose the sprig of eryngo to signify that he was already betrothed to her.

    Albert Durer

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  • Gosh, I love these flowers.

    "Nor did vegetables escape sugar's embrace: eryngo (sea holly), parsley and elecampane roots, green walnuts, lettuce or mallow stalks, borage, bugloss, alexanders, sweet potatoes and even carrot and parsnips were candied into soft, sticky-sweet suckets."

    --Kate Colquhoun, Taste: The Story of Britain Through Its Cooking (NY: Bloomsbury, 2007), 107

    January 9, 2017