gay feather

gay-feather

[gey-feth-er]
noun
any of several composite plants of the genus Liatris, especially L. spicata or L. scariosa, having hairy leaves and long clusters of purplish flowers.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism

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gay-feather

noun
any of various North American plants of the genus Liatris having racemes or panicles of small discoid flower heads [syn: blazing star
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