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candytuft

[kan-dee-tuhft] /ˈkæn diˌtʌft/
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1.
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 of candytuft
1570-1580
1570-80; Candy (variant of Candia) + tuft
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candytuft

/ˈkændɪˌtʌft/
noun
1.
either of two species of Iberis grown as annual garden plants for their umbels ("tufts") of white, red, or purplish flowers See iberis
Word Origin
C17: from Candy, obsolete variant of Candia (Crete) + tuft
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