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

  • n. See anemone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An early spring flowering species of the family Ranunculaceae; Anemone nemorosa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The anemone; -- so called because formerly supposed to open only when the wind was blowing. See anemone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Anemone, chiefly the wood-anemone, A. nemorosa: so called by translation of the classic name of an anemone or other plant anciently associated with the wind. The wind-loving reputation of this plant appears to have been conferred chiefly by the name.
  • n. The marsh-gentian, Gentiana Pneumonanthe.

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

  • n. any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves

Etymologies

wind +‎ flower (Wiktionary)

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  • Other pathways lead to Somewhere,
    But the one I love so well
    Had no end and no beginning --
    Just the beauty of the dell,
    Just the windflowers and the lilies
    Yellow striped as adder's tongue,
    Seem to satisfy my pathway
    As it winds their sweets among.

    - Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, 'The Path that leads to Nowhere'.

    October 4, 2008