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loosestrife

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noun loose·strife \ˈlü(s)-ˌstrīf\

Definition of loosestrife

  1. 1 :  any of a genus (Lysimachia) of plants of the primrose family with leafy stems and usually yellow or white flowers

  2. 2 :  any of a genus (Lythrum, family Lythraceae, the loosestrife family) of herbs having entire leaves and including some with showy spikes of purple flowers; especially :  purple loosestrife



Origin of loosestrife

intended as translation of Greek lysimacheios loosestrife (as if from lysis act of loosing + machesthai to fight) — more at lysis


First Known Use: 1548


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