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
plural -es : a plant of the genus Anagallis

Word History


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

First Known Use

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of anagallis was in 1538

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“Anagallis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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