catchfly

noun
catch·​fly | \ ˈkach-ˌflī How to pronounce catchfly (audio) , ˈkech- \

Definition of catchfly

: any of various plants (as of the genera Lychnis and Silene) of the pink family often with viscid stems

Examples of catchfly in a Sentence

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, "12 Mesmerizing Places to Watch Flowers Bloom," 3 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of catchfly

1597, in the meaning defined above

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“Catchfly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/catchfly. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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