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dusty miller

noun
1.
Botany.
  1. any of several composite plants, as Centaurea cineraria, Senecio cineraria, or the beach wormwood, having pinnate leaves covered with whitish pubescence.
  2. rose campion.
2.
Angling. a type of artificial fly used chiefly for trout and salmon.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25
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British Dictionary definitions for dusty-miller

dusty miller

noun
1.
Also called snow-in-summer. a caryophyllaceous plant, Cerastium tomentosum, of SE Europe and Asia, having white flowers and downy stems and leaves: cultivated as a rock plant
2.
a plant, Artemisia stelleriana, of NE Asia and E North America, having small yellow flower heads and downy stems and leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
3.
any of various other downy plants, such as the rose campion
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Word Origin and History for dusty-miller

dusty miller

n.

common name for auricula, 1825, so called from the powder on the leaves and flower; millers, by the nature of their work, being famously dusty.

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