catchfly

noun

catch·​fly ˈkach-ˌflī How to pronounce catchfly (audio)
ˈkech-
: any of various plants (as of the genera Lychnis and Silene) of the pink family often with viscid stems

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At Farm Tomita, wide streaks of the purple herb grow in tandem with fields of baby’s breath, red poppies, pink garden catchflies, and orange poppies—creating a dazzling rainbow that at first appears Photoshopped. Alex Schechter, Smithsonian, 3 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of catchfly was in 1597

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“Catchfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catchfly. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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