from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A North American annual plant (Coreopsis tinctoria) widely cultivated for its showy flower heads with yellow rays and purple-red to brownish centers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A popular name given to a few species of the genus Coreopsis, especially to Coreopsis tinctoria of Arkansas.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A former genus name of a group of plants of the family Asteraceæ, now referred to Coreopsis.
- n. [lowercase] A popular name of various cultivated species of Coreopsis, especially C. tinctoria (Calliopsis marmorata of florists) and C. lanceolata.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. North American annual widely cultivated for its yellow flowers with purple-red to brownish centers; in some classifications placed in a subgenus Calliopsis
California poppies for oranges and yellows; sweet sultans for purples, whites, and pale yellows; petunias for purples, violets, and whites; larkspurs for blues and violets; bachelor's buttons (or cornflowers) for blues; calliopsis and coreopsis and calendulas for yellows; gaillardias for red-yellows and orange-reds; China asters for many colors.
"Mother always says that gay flowers are the city person's greatest help in brightening up a dark room," said Della as she laid aside all the calliopsis from the flowers she was sorting.
And we had banks of calliopsis and sunflowers -- the small sunflowers of Kansas, that bloom a hundred or more to a stalk -- and tall phlox whose fragrance carries one back to some far, forgotten childhood.
Away at one end were the beds of old-fashioned flowers: hollyhocks and phlox and stocks, coreopsis and calliopsis, calendula and campanula, fox-gloves and monks-hoods and lady-slippers.