candy-tuft

candytuft

[kan-dee-tuhft]
noun
a plant of the genus Iberis, of the mustard family, especially I. umbellata, an ornamental plant with tufted pink, violet, purple, or red flowers, originally from the island of Crete.

Origin:
1570–80; Candy (variant of Candia) + tuft

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candytuft (ˈkændɪˌtʌft)
 
n
See iberis either of two species of Iberis grown as annual garden plants for their umbels ("tufts") of white, red, or purplish flowers
 
[C17: from Candy, obsolete variant of Candia (Crete) + tuft]

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