loose·​strife | \ ˈlü(s)-ˌstrīf How to pronounce loosestrife (audio) \

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

Examples of loosestrife in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To combat the problem, beetles that dined on loosestrife were introduced. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 14 Mar. 2018 Garden Invasives: Eurasian bush honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, Japanese barberry, burning bush, haveart bishop’s goutweed and purple loosestrife. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Invasive plants to watch out for," 20 Aug. 2017 Visitors to the preserve trundle along a wobbly wooden boardwalk, where they are welcomed by a breathtaking view of a serene, blue lake framed by stands of native flora: swamp loosestrife, pickerel weed, lotus flowers, swamp milkweed and buttonbush. James F. Mccarty, cleveland.com, "Geauga County's Snow Lake Preserve is environmental keystone of Cuyahoga Wetlands: (photos, videos)," 6 Aug. 2017 Purple loosestrife beetles were imported from Germany to another invasive species from overtaking the wetlands. Lydia Lohrer, Detroit Free Press, "How a beetle can protect hemlock trees from Great Lakes invader HWA," 5 Aug. 2017 Native loosestrife has tiny yellow buttercup flowers and bronze leaves. Perdita Buchan, The Christian Science Monitor, "Return of the natives," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of loosestrife

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for loosestrife

intended as translation of Greek lysimacheios loosestrife (as if from lysis act of loosing + machesthai to fight) — more at lysis

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The first known use of loosestrife was in 1548

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“Loosestrife.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loosestrife. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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