loosestrife

noun loose·strife \ ˈlü(s)-ˌstrīf \
Updated on: 29 Mar 2018

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

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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


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