Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Euphrasia, having small, opposite, toothed leaves and white and purplish flowers grouped in spikes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of the flowering plants of the genus Euphrasia, some of which are used to treat eye infections

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small annual plant (Euphrasia officinalis), formerly much used as a remedy for diseases of the eye.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The popular name of the plant Euphrasia officinalis. Also called eyewort.
  • n. Several plants which are either reputed remedies for diseases of the eye, or, more frequently, have bright flowers, usually with a central spot suggesting the pupil of the eye: Any plant of the genus Euphrasia.
  • n. The sundew, Drosera rotundifolia.
  • n. The Indian-pipe, Monotropa uniflora.
  • n. The pimpernel or poor-man's weather-glass, Anagallis arvensis.
  • n. The germander speedwell, Veronica Chamædrys: also called angel's-eye, bird's-eye, and god's-eye.
  • n. The bluet or innocence, Houstonia cærulea.
  • n. The officinal lobelia or emetic-weed, Rapuntium inflatum.

Etymologies

eye +‎ bright (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • "I could glean little of the content of the conversation, and busied myself instead with a survey of the strange little rock plants sprouting from the surfaces of our perch.

    I had collected a pocketful of eyebright and dittany by the time they finished talking and Hugh Munro rose to go."
    —Diana Gabaldon, Outlander (NY: Delacorte Press, 1991), 327

    January 2, 2010