Indian paintbrush

noun

Definition of Indian paintbrush

1 : any of a genus (Castilleja) of chiefly American herbaceous plants of the snapdragon family that have brightly colored bracts

called also painted cup

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Indian paintbrush

First Known Use of Indian paintbrush

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Indian paintbrush was in 1892

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“Indian paintbrush.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Indian%20paintbrush. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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