pincushion flower

noun

: any of several scabiouses (especially Scabiosa atropurpurea, S. caucasica, or S. columbaria)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web It is commonly called pincushion flower, a member of the protea family – Leucospermum vestitum. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, 16 May 2021 The paths are surrounded by vegetation and water-wise plants such as succulents, honeysuckle, pincushion flowers, manzanita and more. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2019 Many a gardener is familiar with the charms of pincushion flowers (Scabiosa). Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pincushion flower was in 1856

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“Pincushion flower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pincushion%20flower. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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