: a genus (the type of the family Lythraceae) of herbs and subshrubs having purple or rose-pink flowers with 4 to 8 petals and a 2-celled capsule see loosestrife sense 2

Word History


New Latin, from Greek lythron gore; from the color of the flowers; akin to Latin lutum mud

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“Lythrum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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