from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See sea lavender.
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- n. Plants of the genus Limonium having spikes of white or mauve flowers
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Plambagineæ, type of the tribe Staticeæ.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various plants of the genus Limonium of temperate salt marshes having spikes of white or mauve flowers
Limonium sinuatum, popularly known as statice, is generally grown so that it can be cut, and then dried and included in winter decorations.
She was embarrassed suddenly by the ripe-rotten smell of blue statice, which Madda liked to decorate the house with because the flowers “died so beautifully.”
She smelled unpleasantly fruity, like the statice Madda grew in the backyard, straddling the thin line between overripe and rotten.
Colombia alone accounted for 91% of U.S. imports of carnations, pompons, standard chrysanthemums, daisies, roses, and statice imported in 1976, up from 64% in 1972.
She was carrying her overnight case and a basket of dried flowers-statice, strawflower, and immortelle in the pastel colors referred to in seed catalogues as "art shades": fawn, apricot, mauve, and pale yellow.
She placed a vase on my sister's bureau, and kept it filled with cut flowers in the summer, dried statice and silver pennies in the winter, forced branches of apple or forsythia in the springtime.
"Please be quiet, Auntie," said Leonie, who in a grey and pale mauve confection looked like a field of statice against a pearl-grey sky.
Of course, she doesn't call it statice, she calls it limonium perezii, because it's not actually statice, only similar to statice.
So in general, I will admit, I'm not the biggest fan of statice in any form.
The statice looks ethereal and charming rather than … well, dead or old.