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phlox

[floks] /flɒks/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Phlox, of North America, certain species of which are cultivated for their showy flowers of various colors.
Compare phlox family.
2.
the flower of this plant.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin phlox < Greek phlóx a flame-colored plant, literally, flame. See phlegm, phlogistic
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phlox

/flɒks/
noun (pl) phlox, phloxes
1.
any polemoniaceous plant of the chiefly North American genus Phlox: cultivated for their clusters of white, red, or purple flowers
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek: a plant of glowing colour, literally: flame
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Word Origin and History for phlox
n.

1706, from Latin, where it was the name of a flower (Pliny), from Greek phlox "kind of plant with showy flowers" (probably Silene vulgaris), literally "flame," related to phlegein "to burn" (see bleach (v.)). Applied to the North American flowering plant by German botanist Johann Jakob Dillenius (1684-1747).

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