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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant, Amarantus hypochondriacus.
  • noun A taller garden annual, Polygonum orientale, in England called tall persicaria, bearing slender spikes on curving branches. Also called ragged-sailor.

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

  • noun annual with broadly ovate leaves and slender drooping spikes of crimson flowers; southeastern Asia and Australia; naturalized in North America
  • noun tall showy tropical American annual having hairy stems and long spikes of usually red flowers above leaves deeply flushed with purple; seeds often used as cereal


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  • Blecker thought, would turn out such old-time moulded men as McKinstry: houses whose orchards still held on to the Waldower and Smoke-house apples; their gardens gay with hollyhocks and crimson prince's-feather; on the book-shelves the "Spectator" and "Gentleman's Magazine."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863

  • The last bee had ceased to drone about the great crimson prince's-feather by the door-step, worn purplish through long flaunting, and gone to seed.

    His "Day In Court" 1895


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