bu·​gloss | \ ˈbyü-ˌgläs How to pronounce bugloss (audio) , -ˌglȯs \

Definition of bugloss

: any of several coarse hairy plants (genera Anchusa, Lycopsis, and Echium) of the borage family — compare viper's bugloss

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Recent Examples on the Web Hostas and ferns are popular choices, along with lungwort (Pulmonaria), Siberian bugloss (Brunnera), Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense), sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum) and bishop’s hat (Epimedium). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Ditch the grass — here are some better ground covering options for those shady spots under trees," 28 Aug. 2019 Under large trees or in the deep shade of buildings, where few plants can get enough sunlight to flower, gardeners turn to foliage for drama, with perennials such as hosta, Siberian bugloss, wild ginger or goldenray (Ligularia). Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "Pair bold perennials with slender sorts for visual interest," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of bugloss

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bugloss

Middle English buglosse, from Anglo-French, from Latin buglossa, irregular from Greek bouglōssos, from bous head of cattle + glōssa tongue — more at cow, gloss

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“Bugloss.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bugloss. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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