spring beauty


: any of a genus (Claytonia) of herbs of the purslane family
especially : one (C. virginica) of North America that sends up in early spring a usually 2-leaved stem bearing delicate pink flowers

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each year, the awards show acts as a defining moment for spring beauty trends—and this year's celebrity makeup looks were no exception. Sarah Maberry, Harper's BAZAAR, 6 Feb. 2023 Other spring flowers to look for include spring beauty, trillium, violets and wild geranium. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 Other spring species to look for include hepatica, trout lily, Gleason's trillium, bloodroot and spring beauty, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2022 Such blatant spring beauty seemed an invitation to ignore the obvious: Friday was cold. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2021 All in all, the moment seems likely to provide spring beauty inspiration. Akili King, Vogue, 14 Mar. 2021 Hikers will also encounter flowering spring beauties and spring cress. cleveland, 27 Mar. 2020 Consider the singer's fresh chop an easy spring beauty strategy, and one that's a winning throwback—truly the best of both worlds. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2019 Take advantage of the fact that hostas emerge late and plant the large open expanses with spring-flowering bulbs and ephemeral wildflowers such as toothworts (Dentaria), spring beauties (Claytonia), and trout lilies (Erythronium). Kris Wetherbee, Good Housekeeping, 7 Aug. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spring beauty was in 1818

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“Spring beauty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spring%20beauty. Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

spring beauty

: a spring herb that sends up a two-leaved stem and has delicate pink flowers

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