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[byoo-glos, -glaws] /ˈbyu glɒs, -glɔs/
noun
1.
any of various Old World, boraginaceous herbs, as Anchusa officinalis, having rough leaves, used in medicine, and Lycopsis arvensis, a bristly, blue-flowered herb.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English buglossa < Medieval Latin, for Latin būglōssos < Greek, equivalent to bou-, stem of boûs ox + -glōssos -tongued, adj. derivative of glôssa tongue
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bugloss

/ˈbjuːɡlɒs/
noun
1.
any of various hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plants of the genera Anchusa, Lycopsis, and Echium, esp L. arvensis, having clusters of blue flowers See also viper's bugloss
Word Origin
C15: from Latin būglōssa, from Greek bouglōssos ox-tongued, from bōs ox + glōssa tongue
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Word Origin and History for bug loss

bugloss

n.

1530s, from French buglosse, from Latin buglossa, from Greek bouglossos, literally "ox-tongued," from bous "ox" (see cow (n.)) + glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)) . So called from the shape of its leaves.

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Encyclopedia Article for bug loss

bugloss

any plant of the genera Lycopsis and Echium of the family Boraginaceae; they are weedy, bristly annuals with small, bright-blue flowers that have hairy white throats. The blooms resemble small clusters of half-closed forget-me-nots with a bend at the middle of the floral tube. The 40-centimetre- (about 16-inch-) high plants have toothed, spiny leaf margins. They grow in sandy places and fields throughout Europe and have become naturalized in eastern North America.

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