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

  • n. See Indian paintbrush.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. any plant of an American genus of herbs (Castilleia) in which the bracts are usually bright-colored and more showy than the flowers. Castilleia coccinea has brilliantly scarlet bracts, and is common in meadows.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant of the genus Castilleia, primarily C. coccinea, the scarlet painted-cup: so called from the highly colored dilated bracts about the flowers.

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

  • n. any of various plants of the genus Castilleja having dense spikes of hooded flowers with brightly colored bracts


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