foxglove

noun
fox·glove | \ˈfäks-ˌgləv \

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

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For seeds that fall out easily, such as Papaver poppies, foxgloves or nigella, this may mean simply turning the pods upside down over a shallow pan so the seeds can fall out. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 Among flowers, good bets are breadseed or ladybird poppies, California poppies, foxglove, nigella, columbine, nicotiana, bachelor’s buttons, cosmos, coreopsis, calendula and scabiosa. Pam Peirce, SFChronicle.com, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 The cardiac medicine Digoxin, for instance, is from a plant called foxglove. Doug Williams, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Turmeric: superfood or superhype," 25 June 2018 The strong vertical of a verbasicum or foxglove will act as an exclamation point. Amy Merrick, WSJ, "5 Lessons From the Punk Rockers of Gardening," 26 Apr. 2018 Carole Silver cites changelings killed by foxglove baths in Wales in 1857, and in Donegal in the 1870s and 1890s. Longreads, "Fairy Scapegoats: A History of the Persecution of Changeling Children," 9 June 2018 Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images The Flowers The flowers on display in St. George's Chapel featured plants like beech, birch, and hornbeam among white garden roses, peonies, and foxgloves. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Honored Princess Diana in the Sweetest Ways," 19 May 2018 Kensington Palace previously revealed that roses, peonies and foxgloves also will be in the church arrangements at Saturday’s wedding. BostonGlobe.com, "For Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, even the greenery has royal roots," 16 May 2018 On the surrounding grounds, cornflowers, foxglove and lily of the valley will be in full force this month, and the air, even in smoggy London, will be scented with apple blossom. Joanna Pocock, latimes.com, "Romance is in the air at London's green spaces," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of foxglove

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of foxglove was before the 12th century

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foxglove

noun

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 \

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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