Definitions

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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Linaria, having narrow leaves and spurred, two-lipped flowers.
  • n. See butter-and-eggs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of several European plants, of the genus Linaria, having two-lipped yellow flowers.
  • n. Any of several other plants in the family Plantaginaceae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An herb (Linaria vulgaris) of the Figwort family, having narrow leaves and showy orange and yellow flowers; -- called also butter and eggs, flaxweed, and ramsted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Linaria. primarily L. vulgaris, the common toadflax, a showy but pernicious plant, otherwise known as ranstead and butter-and-eggs.
  • n. In England, Thesium Linophyllon, which has leaves like those of toad-flax.

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

  • n. common European perennial having showy yellow and orange flowers; a naturalized weed in North America

Etymologies

toad +‎ flax (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Herbs and cabbages rise from the borders where Mr Darwin grew common toadflax.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • Subject line on the e-mail I am least likely to open this week: "Correction: Dalmatian toadflax story."

    Billings Blog

  • "What d-ye think your father will do, " he inquired, swishing his stick casually through a patch of toadflax, -once ye've wed and left his house?

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • Among the rough white stones of the wall there were all manner of wild herbs growing, toadflax and ivy, stonecrop and selfheal, known by their leaves even now that hardly any flowers remained.

    The Leper of Saint Giles

  • Her fingers shook a little as she took a few blossoms of creamy-yellow toadflax he had picked for her out of their vase and laid them tentatively against her gown.

    Secret Bread

  • It was her definite rejection of the country and all it stood for; but on a gust of sentiment she picked up the toadflax blossoms and stuck them in water again -- her last tribute to the memory of Ishmael.

    Secret Bread

  • A mellow brick wall enclosed the orchard, a wall beautified by small green ferns, by pink and red valerian, and yellow toadflax.

    Antony Gray,—Gardener

  • Unlike the clover, the wood-sorrel and the ivy-leaved toadflax move with sudden violence.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • The toadflax gives an impression of deliberate thought by the way its seed-vessel turns round on the stalk, seeking a suitable crevice on the wall where it grows, and then dropping the seeds in: it is difficult to distinguish the separate movements, because the flowers are small and crowded, and do not ripen all together.

    The Spring of Joy: A Little Book of Healing

  • Only the instance of the peloric toadflax might be recalled here, because the historic and geographic evidence, combined with the results of our pedigree-experiment, plainly show that peloric mutations are quite independent of any periodic condition.

    Species and Varieties, Their Origin by Mutation

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