foxglove

noun
fox·​glove | \ ˈfäks-ˌgləv How to pronounce foxglove (audio) \

Definition of foxglove

: any of a genus (Digitalis) of erect herbs of the snapdragon family especially : a common European biennial or perennial (D. purpurea) cultivated for its showy racemes of dotted white or purple tubular flowers and as a source of digitalis

Examples of foxglove in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Camelot foxglove, both Louisiana Super Plants, are best for our area. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "What's right for your garden? Learn about 4 groups of fall flowers, when to plant them and when they bloom," 25 Nov. 2020 This group primarily includes hollyhock, delphinium, columbine and foxglove. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "What's right for your garden? Learn about 4 groups of fall flowers, when to plant them and when they bloom," 25 Nov. 2020 Classic poisons like hemlock, nightshade, aconite, foxglove, opium, and strychnine were used to treat a range of ails, from the humble head cold to heart conditions, and even worn as makeup. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 Also, flowers that are almost tube-shape (such as foxglove) are popular with hummingbirds, because they're perfectly shaped for their long beaks. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Researchers Found That Hummingbirds Can See Even More Colors Than Humans Can," 18 June 2020 Phlox, hollyhock, foxglove, lantana, and butterfly bush are all good choices. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "Researchers Found That Hummingbirds Can See Even More Colors Than Humans Can," 18 June 2020 Butterflyweed, a vibrant orange milkweed; colorful lantana; and the gloriously variable, tubular foxglove are some of the more showy examples. cleveland, "Defeat deer with smart and easy landscape solutions," 4 June 2020 For the latter, check out things like bee balms, columbines, lupines, foxgloves, hollyhocks, cleomes, impatiens and petunias. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Answering reader questions: When nonnative plants are OK, how to attract hummingbirds," 20 Feb. 2020 There are hummer plants that everyone is familiar with, most notably salvias, penstemons, buddlejas, foxgloves and fuchsias. Earl Nickel, SFChronicle.com, "A hummingbird garden for all the seasons," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of foxglove

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Foxglove.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/foxglove. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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foxglove

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How to pronounce foxglove (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of foxglove

: a tall plant that has many white or purple bell-shaped flowers growing on its stem

foxglove

noun
fox·​glove | \ ˈfäks-ˌgləv How to pronounce foxglove (audio) \

Medical Definition of foxglove

: any plant of the genus Digitalis especially : a common European biennial or perennial (D. purpurea) cultivated for its showy racemes of dotted white or purple tubular flowers and as a source of digitalis

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