noun si·le·ne \sīˈlēnē\

Definition of silene

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 plural -s :  any plant of the genus Silene

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Origin and Etymology of silene

New Latin, probably from Latin silenus silenus

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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