lychnis

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noun lych·nis \ˈlik-nəs\

Definition of lychnis

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of lychnis

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


First Known Use: 1601

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