lych·​nis ˈlik-nəs How to pronounce lychnis (audio)
: any of a genus (Lychnis) of north-temperate zone herbs of the pink family with terminal cymes of showy mostly red or white flowers having five or rarely four styles

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, a red flower, from Greek; akin to Greek lychnos lamp, Latin lux light — more at light

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lychnis was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Lychnis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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