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

  • n. A low-growing plant (Silene acaulis) of cool regions, having purplish-red flowers and forming dense, cushionlike mats.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a kind of mosslike catchfly (Silene acaulis), with mostly purplish flowers, found on the highest mountains of Europe and America, and within the Arctic circle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dwarf tufted moss-like plant, with purple flowers, Silene acaulis.

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

  • n. tuft- or mat-forming dwarf perennial of Arctic regions of western and central Europe and North America


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