capitalized : a very large and widely distributed genus of plants (family Caryophyllaceae) having mostly showy flowers of various colors with a 10-nerved 5-toothed calyx and 3 styles and fruit with a capsule opening by 3 or 6 teeth see bladder campion, catchfly, moss campion, wild pink compare lychnis
plural -s : any plant of the genus Silene

Word History


New Latin, probably from Latin silenus silenus

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“Silene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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