American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See Indian paintbrush.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Castilleia, primarily C. coccinea, the scarlet painted-cup: so called from the highly colored dilated bracts about the flowers.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Bot.) any plant of an American genus of herbs (Castilleia) in which the bracts are usually bright-colored and more showy than the flowers. Castilleia coccinea has brilliantly scarlet bracts, and is common in meadows.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Castilleja having dense spikes of hooded flowers with brightly colored bracts
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