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

  • n. Any of several herbs of the genus Digitalis, especially D. purpurea of Europe, having a long cluster of large, tubular, pinkish-purple flowers and leaves that are the source of the drug digitalis.
  • n. Any of several related plants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Digitalis, a genus of about 20 species of herbaceous biennials native to the Old World, certain of which are prized for their showy flowers. The drug digitalis or digoxin was first isolated from the plant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant of the genus Digitalis. The common English foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a handsome perennial or biennial plant, whose leaves are used as a powerful medicine, both as a sedative and diuretic. See digitalis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A common ornamental flowering plant of gardens, Digitalis purpurea, a native of Europe, where it is found in hilly and especially rocky subalpine localities.
  • n. The name in Jamaica of species of Phytolacca.
  • n. One of several plants of other genera.
  • n. The pitcher-plant, Sarracenia purpurea.
  • n. The trumpet-creeper, Campsis radicans.

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

  • n. any of several plants of the genus Digitalis


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

From the resemblance of its flowers to the fingers of a glove.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From fox +‎ glove.



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  • *still loves the idea of foxes wearing little dainty gloves*

    November 29, 2008

  • I only wear my gloves on formal occasions, such as when doing laundry or raiding the chicken-coop. Have to maintain deniability, and avoid leaving little incriminating vulpine pawprints.

    Obviously, the above paragraph is the work of a malicious hacker. I don't even like tuna of the yard. I am an innocent woodland creature whose good name is being besmirched. It's probably some kind of Sardinian-marsupial yazuka that is out to get me.

    Innocent, I tell you!

    November 29, 2008

  • I love the idea of foxes wearing little dainty gloves. *cute overload*

    July 4, 2008

  • Yikes!

    July 4, 2008

  • I remember my sister eating foxgloves once and having to go to hospital.

    July 3, 2008

  • The name of this flower is straightforwardly from what it looks like: fox + glove. It occurs in Old English as foxes glofa and foxes clofe, and c. 1265 as foxesgloue. These clearly show (i) no /l/, and (ii) the /s/ of the genitive distinct from the /s/ of the root 'fox'.

    At this time the /l/ was still pronounced in 'folk'. The folk etymology "folks glove" could only be made after the /l/ had been lost.

    Its genus Digitalis was recently moved by APG II from family Scrophulariaceae into Plantaginaceae.

    July 3, 2008

  • Name from "folks glove"...The Folk being a respectful term for fairies

    February 17, 2008