from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A perennial lobelia (Lobelia cardinalis) native to central and eastern North America, having an elongate cluster of showy, brilliant red flowers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an herbaceous plant (Lobelia cardinalis) bearing brilliant red flowers of much beauty.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name commonly given to Lobelia cardinalis, because of its large, very showy, intensely red flowers: it is a native of North America, and is often cultivated in gardens.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. North American lobelia having brilliant red flowers
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In speaking of these various flowers, you should endeavor to use descriptive terms which express the most striking quality of the flower; this may be color, as in the cardinal flower or golden-rod; or fragrance, as in the Mayflower; or profusion of blossoms, as in the laurel; or it may be the manner in which it grows -- in clusters, or otherwise.