from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A poisonous Eurasian ornamental shrub (Daphne mezereum) having fragrant lilac-purple flowers and small scarlet fruit.
- n. The dried bark of this plant, formerly used externally as a vesicant and internally for arthritis.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ornamental shrub, Daphne mezereum, having purple flowers and bright red fruit.
- n. The dried bark of this plant, once used as a vesicant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small European shrub (Daphne Mezereum), whose acrid bark is used in medicine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An Old World shrub, Daphne Mezereum. See cut under Daphne.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. small European deciduous shrub with fragrant lilac-colored flowers followed by red berries on highly toxic twigs
There followeth, for the latter part of January and February, the mezereon – tree, which then blossoms; crocus vernus, both the yellow and the grey; primroses; anemones; the early tulippa; hyacinthus orientalis; chamairis; fritellaria.
So that when in February there came a blue, bright morning, the morning that suggests yellow crocuses and the smell of a mezereon tree and the smell of damp, warm earth, Daphne hastily got a taxi and drove out to the hospital.
It is still very cold, but the days are longer, and there is the yellow crocus coming up, and the mezereon tree is in blossom, and there are some white snow-drops peeping up their little heads.
There followeth, for the latter part of January and February, the mezereon-tree, which then blossoms; crocus vernus, 3 both the yellow and the grey; primroses; anemones; the early tulippa; hyacinthus orientalis; chamairis; fritellaria.
The little gardens were bright with daffodils, mezereon, and flowering currant.
But when I looked lower down, there was a sweeter message still, for the mezereon was awake, with its tiny porcelain crimson flowers and its minute leaves of bright green, budding as I think Aaron's rod must have budded, the very crust of the sprig bursting into little flames of green and red.
The singular situation of this romantic spot invited me to remain in it till the sun was about to sink on the horizon: during which time I visited every little cave delved in the ridges of rock, and gathered large sprigs of the mezereon and rhododendron in full bloom, which, with a surprising variety of other plants, carpeted this lovely glen.
Columbine, which is a wild plant with blue or white flowers, as well as a domesticated one, has a toxic principle like that of the monkshood, more especially in the seeds; and the pretty red berries of the mezereon are responsible for the deaths or illness of children nearly every autumn.
Among other plants which may cause serious mischief, but are seldom suspected, are such harmless-looking flowers as the meadowsweet, herb-paris, the common fool's-parsley, found growing in quantities in the gardens of unlet houses and neglected ground which has been in cultivation, mezereon, columbine, and laburnum.
When applied to the skin, it blisters like mezereon.
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