American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several plants of the genus Euphrasia, having small, opposite, toothed leaves and white and purplish flowers grouped in spikes.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The popular name of the plant Euphrasia officinalis. Also called eyewort.
- n. Several plants which are either reputed remedies for diseases of the eye, or, more frequently, have bright flowers, usually with a central spot suggesting the pupil of the eye: Any plant of the genus Euphrasia.
- n. The sundew, Drosera rotundifolia.
- n. The Indian-pipe, Monotropa uniflora.
- n. The pimpernel or poor-man's weather-glass, Anagallis arvensis.
- n. The germander speedwell, Veronica Chamædrys: also called angel's-eye, bird's-eye, and god's-eye.
- n. The bluet or innocence, Houstonia cærulea.
- n. The officinal lobelia or emetic-weed, Rapuntium inflatum.
- n. any of the flowering plants of the genus Euphrasia, some of which are used to treat eye infections
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A small annual plant (Euphrasia officinalis), formerly much used as a remedy for diseases of the eye.
- eye + bright (Wiktionary)
“Euphrasia (eyebright, which is known to cause a clear and bland nasal discharge along with tearing of the eyes that burns and irritates the skin under the eye), Ambrosia (ragweed, an herb that creates pollen that is known to be irritating to some hay fever sufferers), and Solidago (goldenrod, an herb that creates pollen that is known to be irritating to some hay fever sufferers).”
“Wet-kneed, we walked by pastures filled with the white froth of meadowsweet and river-bank flora of lady's bedstraw, betony, devil's bit scabious, greater burnet and eyebright, kneeling several times to store memories of the scent of the last of the fragrant orchids.”
“I had collected a pocketful of eyebright and dittany by the time they finished talking and Hugh Munro rose to go.”
“Annuals and ephemeral species are very few (e.g., cold eyebright – Euphrasia frigida; and Iceland purslane – Koenigia islandica).”
“The intertidal zone is heavily stressed and eroded by ice in winter, which favors annuals such as the endemic hairgrass Deschampsia bottnica, found only in the Gulf of Bothnia and eyebright Euphrasia bottnica.”
“An eyewash made of eyebright and other herbs can be soothing to irritated and inflamed eyes.”
“Since the Middle Ages, eyebright has been used as a tonic and an astringent.”
“It has almost entirely healed by now – thanks in part to my using an eye bath and rinsing my eyeball with tinctures of astragalus and eyebright – and although I gave my mother the fright I knew I ...”
“It has almost entirely healed by now – thanks in part to my using an eye bath and rinsing my eyeball with tinctures of astragalus and eyebright – and although I gave my mother the fright I knew I would – all is now well AND I have the set the bar for klutz way the heck up there.”
“Night after night, I find myself dreaming that I am wide-eyed and wandering on Swardeston Common, looking for the tracks of foxes and badgers, feet crushing vetch, and eyebright and red clover.”
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