lychnis

noun
lych·nis | \ ˈlik-nəs \

Definition of lychnis 

: 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

First Known Use of lychnis

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lychnis

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

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