can·​dy·​tuft | \ ˈkan-dē-ˌtəft How to pronounce candytuft (audio) \

Definition of candytuft

: any of a genus (Iberis) of plants of the mustard family cultivated for their white, pink, or purple flowers

Examples of candytuft in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Transplant or direct-seed several flowers, including snapdragon, candytuft, lilies, astilbe, larkspur, Shasta and painted daisies, stocks, bleeding heart and coral bells. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, 23 Feb. 2018 Flower seeds to sow now (the sooner the better): Alyssum, candytuft, forget-me-not, poppies, larkspur and cornflower., 6 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of candytuft

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for candytuft

Candy, alteration of Candia Crete, Greek island + English tuft

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“Candytuft.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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