Definition of loosestrife
1 : any of a genus (Lysimachia) of plants of the primrose family with leafy stems and usually yellow or white flowers
2 : any of a genus (Lythrum, family Lythraceae, the loosestrife family) of herbs having entire leaves and including some with showy spikes of purple flowers; especially : purple loosestrife
Origin and Etymology of loosestrife
intended as translation of Greek lysimacheios loosestrife (as if from lysis act of loosing + machesthai to fight) — more at lysis
First Known Use: 1548
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