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spring beauty

any American spring plant belonging to the genus Claytonia, of the purslane family, especially C. virginica, having an elongated cluster of white flowers tinged with pink.
Origin of spring beauty
1815-25, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for spring beauty
  • spring beauty is one of the earliest-blooming flowers.
  • The early spring display of wild flowers, which includes marsh marigold and spring beauty, attracts visitors.
  • The little spring beauty, a purslane, with its five petals veined with pink blooms from early spring until midsummer.
  • spring beauty flowers early, too, but it is about twice as tall.
British Dictionary definitions for spring beauty

spring beauty

a pale green annual plant (Claytonia perfoliata) of the purslane family, originally North American, having small white flowers above fused leaves that encircle the stem
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