Definition of anagallis
1 capitalized : a genus of 15 species of chiefly Old World herbs (family Primulaceae) having mostly opposite leaves and small axillary 5-parted rotate flowers — see pimpernel 2
2 plural -es : a plant of the genus Anagallis
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Origin and Etymology of anagallis
New Latin, from Latin, a plant (probably pimpernel or chickweed), from Greek, pimpernel
First Known Use: 1538
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