from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous herbs of the genus Erysimum of the mustard family, having fragrant yellow, orange, or brownish flowers.
- n. Any of several perennial herbs of the genus Cheiranthus, especially C. cheiri.
- n. One who does not participate in the activity at a social event because of shyness or unpopularity.
- n. A security, company, or industry that is out of favor with investors.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Several short-lived herbs or shrubs of the Erysimum genus with bright yellow to red flowers.
- n. A person who is socially awkward, especially one who does not dance at a party due to shyness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perennial, cruciferous plant (Cheiranthus Cheiri), with sweet-scented flowers varying in color from yellow to orange and deep red. In Europe it very common on old walls.
- n. A lady at a ball, who, either from choice, or because not asked to dance, remains a spectator.
- n. In Australia, the desert poison bush (Gastrolobium grandiflorum); -- called also native wallflower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old favorite garden flower and pot-plant, Cheiranthus Cheiri, native in southern Europe, where it grows on old walls, cliffs, and the sides of quarries.
- n. A man or woman who, at a ball or party, sits by the wall, or looks on without dancing, either from choice or from being unable to dance or to obtain a partner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. perennial of southern Europe having clusters of fragrant flowers of all colors especially yellow and orange; often naturalized on old walls or cliffs; sometimes placed in genus Erysimum
- n. any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowers
- n. remains on sidelines at social event
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