an·​a·​gal·​lis | \ ˌanəˈgalə̇s \

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 sense 2
2 plural -es : a plant of the genus Anagallis

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First Known Use of anagallis

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for anagallis

New Latin, from Latin, a plant (probably pimpernel or chickweed), from Greek, pimpernel

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“Anagallis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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