bronze fennel

noun

: any of various ornamental cultivars of the fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) having upright clumps of finely divided, bronze or purplish-bronze leaves
In the ornamental bed, bronze fennel looks great in front of a backdrop of bright green foliage. When it is in bloom, bronze fennel has few rivals—its extravagant lace doily flowers are a magnet for hover flies, bees and butterflies.Adrienne Cook, Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2002

Word History

First Known Use

1980, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bronze fennel was in 1980

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“Bronze fennel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bronze%20fennel. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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