foxglove

[foks-gluhv]
noun
any Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Digitalis, of the figwort family, especially D. purpurea, having drooping, tubular, purple or white flowers on tall spikes, and leaves that are the source of digitalis in medicine.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English foxes glove, Old English foxes glōfa. See fox, glove

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foxglove (ˈfɒksˌɡlʌv)
 
n
any Eurasian scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Digitalis, esp D. purpurea, having spikes of purple or white thimble-like flowers. The soft wrinkled leaves are a source of digitalis
 
[Old English]

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foxglove
O.E. foxes glofa; the reason for fox is uncertain.
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foxglove fox·glove (fŏks'glŭv')
n.
Any of several herbs of the genus Digitalis, especially D. purpurea , having a long cluster of large, tubular, pinkish-purple flowers and leaves that are the source of the drug digitalis.

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White as the snow of one night were the two hands, soft and even, and red as foxglove were the two clear-beautiful cheeks.
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