from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a genus of southern European herbs and subshrubs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of plants, natural order Valerianaceæ, distinguished from the true valerian by having a spur to the corolla and a single stamen.

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

  • n. genus of southern European herbs and subshrubs


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  • I have a beautiful patch of rudbeckia, complemented by echinacia and some gooseneck loosestrife and of course the faithful centranthus in red and white in the perennial bed, as well as some lobelia syphaliticus unfortunately named for the belief that it cured that affliction, but a lovely tall spiky pale blue flower.

    Garden notes

  • To the right of them sprang up the slim fraxinella, the centranthus draped with snowy blossoms, and the greyish hounds-tongue, in each of whose tiny flowercups gleamed a dewdrop.

    La faute de l'Abbe Mouret


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