phlox

phlox

[floks]
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; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin phlox < Greek phlóx a flame-colored plant, literally, flame. See phlegm, phlogistic

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phlox (flɒks)
 
n , pl phlox, phloxes
any polemoniaceous plant of the chiefly North American genus Phlox: cultivated for their clusters of white, red, or purple flowers
 
[C18: via Latin from Greek: a plant of glowing colour, literally: flame]

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phlox
1706, from L., where it was the name of a flower (Pliny), from Gk. phlox "kind of plant with showy flowers" (probably Silene vulgaris), lit. "flame," related to phlegein "to burn" (see bleach). Applied to the N.Amer. flowering plant by Ger. botanist Johann Jakob Dillenius (1684-1747).
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