princes feather

prince's-feather

[prin-siz-feth-er]
noun
1.
a tall, showy plant, Amaranthus hybridus erythrostachys, of the amaranth family, having reddish foliage and thick spikes of small, red flowers.
2.
a hairy, much-branched, plant, Polygonum orientale, of the buckwheat family, native to Asia and Australia, having pink or rose-colored flower spikes, naturalized in North America.

Origin:
1620–30

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prince's feather
 
n
1.  an amaranthaceous garden plant, Amaranthus hybridus hypochondriacus, with spikes of bristly brownish-red flowers
2.  a tall tropical polygonaceous plant, Polygonum orientale, with hanging spikes of pink flowers

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