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

  • n. Any of various plants of the genera Artemisia, Centaurea, Chrysanthemum, Lychnis, and Senecio, having leaves and stems covered with dustlike down.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A formulaic phrase for a miller, related to the dust generated in the milling process.
  • n. One of several species of plants with leaves of a dusty appearance: Centaurea cineraria, Senecio cineraria, and Lychnis coronaria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a plant (Cineraria maritima); -- so called because of the ashy-white coating of its leaves.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The auricula, Primula Auricula: so called from the whitemealiness upon the leaves.
  • n. The Senecio Cineraria, a common cultivated foliage-plant which is covered with white tomentum.
  • n. Same as miller, 3.

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

  • n. an old cottage garden plant of southeastern Europe widely cultivated for its attractive white woolly foliage and showy crimson flowers
  • n. stiff much-branched perennial of the Mediterranean region having very white woolly stems and leaves
  • n. a plant having leaves and stems covered with down that resembles dust
  • n. herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant
  • n. shrubby perennial of the Canary Islands having white flowers and leaves and hairy stems covered with dustlike down; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum

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  • (n): any of several plants having ashy-gray or white tomentose leaves; especially : an herbaceous artemisia (Artemisia stelleriana) with grayish foliage found especially along the eastern coast of the United States

    January 24, 2008