golden alexanders


golden al·​ex·​an·​ders -ˌa-lig-ˈzan-dərz How to pronounce golden alexanders (audio)
variants or golden Alexanders
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a North American yellow-flowered perennial herb (Zizia aurea) of the carrot family occurring in moist woods and meadows
also : any of several related herbs

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Perennials include milkweeds, asters, senna, golden alexanders, violets, toothworts, turtlehead, hairy beardtongue, hibiscus, and pussytoes. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 The plant on the left is the nearly-identical Zizia aurea, also called golden Alexander — a native perennial and important plant food for the Missouri woodland swallowtail butterfly, according to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, 3 Aug. 2018

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Word History


alexander any of various herbs of the carrot family, ultimately from Medieval Latin alexandrum

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of golden alexanders was in 1789

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Cite this Entry

“Golden alexanders.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

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