bu·​gloss ˈbyü-ˌgläs How to pronounce bugloss (audio)
: any of several coarse hairy plants (genera Anchusa, Lycopsis, and Echium) of the borage family compare viper's bugloss

Examples of bugloss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some taller perennials, such as hostas and Siberian bugloss (Brunnera macrophylla), can also tolerate the conditions. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 6 June 2021 Brunnera, also called Siberian bugloss, is very cold tolerant. oregonlive, 8 Mar. 2020 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, 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, 1 May 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bugloss was in the 14th century

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“Bugloss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bugloss. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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