Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various herbaceous, root-parasitizing plants of the genus Agalinus, native to temperate regions of the Western Hemisphere, having large pink, purple, or white flowers with yellow markings in some species.

Etymologies

New Latin, after John Gerard (1545-1612), English botanist.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Crommet Creek has prolific knotweed, salt marsh gerardia, dwarf glasswort, four-toed salamanders and hog-nosed snakes; all rare species in the state.

    Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, New Hampshire

  • The entire horizon glowed with orange and gold that turned a deeper red and then a purple like gerardia.

    The Chisholms

  • There was also the _gerardia_, pale pink and shading into mauve.

    The Trumpeter Swan

  • She had been in the fields with Janet, who had woven for her breeze-blown hair a wreath of the wild gerardia blossoms, whose purple beauty had reminded the good Scotchwoman of her own native heather.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 20, No. 117, July, 1867.

  • The golden-rod sways its beautiful nodding plumes in the borders of the fields and by the rustic roadsides; the purple gerardia is bright in the wet meadows, and the scarlet lobelia in the channels of the sunken streamlets.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

  • Here and there the little bag-like blossoms of the gerardia, or foxglove, are opening among the stems of the fading grass, and the white blossoms of the marsh bellflower, the midget member of the campanula family, are apparently as fresh and numerous as they were in early July.

    Some Summer Days in Iowa

  • She had been in the fields with Janet, who had woven for her breeze-blown hair a wreath of the wild gerardia blossoms, whose pur - ple beauty had reminded the good Scotchwoman of her own native heather.

    Oldport Days

  • She had been in the fields with Janet, who had woven for her breeze-blown hair a wreath of the wild gerardia blossoms, whose purple beauty had reminded the good

    Oldport Days

  • A terrestrial orchid called the small whorled pogonia is very rare in the state, as is the snapdragon-related sandplain gerardia.

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