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viper's bugloss


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

  • n. Any of various Eurasian plants of the genus Echium, including the blueweed, having bright blue to white flowers, bristly foliage, and a dense scorpioid inflorescence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a species of Echium.
  • n. a rough-leaved biennial herb (Echium vulgare) having showy purplish blue flowers. It is sometimes cultivated, but has become a pestilent weed in fields from New York to Virginia. Also called blue weed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See Echium.

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

  • n. a coarse prickly European weed with spikes of blue flowers; naturalized in United States


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  • L. bū`glossa or būglossos is derived from Gk. boύglōssos (oxtongue), which = 1. a sole (flatfish such as a tonguefish); 2. a cartilaginous fish (shark, ray or skate).
    Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) is native to most of Europe, and western and central Asia, and common in North America. It is a biennial or monocarpic perennial herbaceous plant possessing rough, hairy, lanceolate leaves. The flowers, which are initially pink, become caerulean.
    Small Bugloss (Archusa arvensis) = a noxious annual herbaceous dicotylenous plant possessing caerulean flowers.

    September 5, 2011

  • apparently bugloss derives from the Greek meaning "ox tongue", making this a double candidate for Love Across Kingdoms :D

    September 5, 2011