from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See anemone.
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- n. An early spring flowering species of the family Ranunculaceae; Anemone nemorosa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The anemone; -- so called because formerly supposed to open only when the wind was blowing. See anemone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Anemone, chiefly the wood-anemone, A. nemorosa: so called by translation of the classic name of an anemone or other plant anciently associated with the wind. The wind-loving reputation of this plant appears to have been conferred chiefly by the name.
- n. The marsh-gentian, Gentiana Pneumonanthe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves
An anemone (pronounced uh-NEM-uh-nee), sometimes called a "windflower" for reasons that should clear shortly, is a member of the buttercup family.
The bright blue flowers of a windflower (Anemone blanda) pop out against the white leaves of a nearby lamium, which also is in bloom.
She gave him her hand, light as a windflower in his, and as cold when he kissed it.
The windflower and the violet, they perished long ago,
So, though he be as fragile as a windflower, he may assure himself,
Alfred Austin says, "With windflower honey are my tresses smoothed."
Beyond them he saw the forbidden orchard, with cuckoo-flower and primrose, daffodil and celandine, silver windflower and sweet violets blue and white, spangling the gay grass.
Had she been a 'nowadays aunt' she might have thought that Mary was not unlike a windflower herself.
Only one starry white windflower, clasped tight in her fingers through the long night hours, gradually drooped and died.
Sometimes I saw a pale young creature like a white windflower left over into midsummer, upon whose face consumption had set its bright and wistful mark; but oftener two stout, hard-worked women from the farms came together, and detailed their symptoms to Mrs. Todd in loud and cheerful voices, combining the satisfactions of a friendly gossip with the medical opportunity.