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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Harry and Meghan used florist Philippa Craddock to design their wedding flowers, and the couple included white garden roses, foxgloves, and peonies, along with branches of beech, birch, and hornbeam in their arrangements. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "What Flowers Will Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Have At Their Wedding?," 12 July 2018 The wedding arrangements also included branches of beech, birch and hornbeam as well as foxgloves and peonies. Adam Carlson,, "Harry and Meghan's Royal Wedding Flowers Were Turned Into Bouquets for Hospice Patients," 20 May 2018 Fascinating bits of history are included throughout, including the suggestion that one such drug—digitalis, or foxglove, formerly used to treat epilepsy—may have caused a yellowing of vision in Van Gogh, affecting the colors in his paintings. Barbara Paul Robinson, WSJ, "Green Thoughts," 11 Apr. 2018 The surrounding design is a riot of joyous whites: seasonal roses, foxgloves, aquilegia, hostas, delicate geraniums, and acebia. Vogue, "Victoria Beckham’s Guide to Summer Gardening," 21 May 2018 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,, "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,, "The joy of seed saving," 6 July 2018 The cardiac medicine Digoxin, for instance, is from a plant called foxglove. Doug Williams,, "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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of foxglove

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


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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