from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, a sharp-pointed appressed bristle or hair-like scale, constituting a species of pubescence in plants.
  • n. In zoology, a streak or stripe; a stria.
  • n. In architecture, a flute of a column.


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  • Usually called striga or witchweed, it is a parasite that lives off other plants during its first few weeks of life.

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  • in other contexts strix, shtriga, and strzyga

    July 7, 2009

  • Sounds related to strega.

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  • A type of witch that thrives on the life force of children, leaving its young victims prematurely aged and weak. (from WordCraft)

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