follow Dictionary.com

Today's Word of the Day means...

toadflax

[tohd-flaks] /ˈtoʊdˌflæks/
noun
1.
a common European plant, Linaria vulgaris, of the figwort family, having narrow leaves and showy yellow-and-orange flowers, naturalized as a weed in the U.S.
2.
any plant of the same genus.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; toad + flax
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples for toadflax
  • Yellow toadflax is a member of the snapdragon family and is easily recognized by the bright yellow flowers.
  • Hybrid toadflax plants also fixed photosynthate at a higher rate throughout the growing season.
British Dictionary definitions for toadflax

toadflax

/ˈtəʊdˌflæks/
noun
1.
any of various scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Linaria, esp L. vulgaris, having narrow leaves and spurred two-lipped yellow-orange flowers Also called butter-and-eggs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for toadflax

any member of a genus (Linaria) of nearly 150 herbaceous plants native to the North Temperate Zone, particularly the Mediterranean region. The common name refers to their flaxlike leaves; the flowers are two-lipped and spurred like snapdragons. Among the prominent members are common toadflax, or butter-and-eggs (L. vulgaris), with yellow and orange flower parts. Native to Eurasia, it is now widely naturalized in North America. Blue, or old-field, toadflax (L. canadensis) is a delicate light-blue flowering plant found throughout North America. From North Africa come the cloven-lip toadflax (L. bipartita) and purple-net toadflax (L. reticulata), both of which have purple and orange bicoloured flowers

Learn more about toadflax with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of The Day

Difficulty index for toadflax

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for toadflax

19
20
Scrabble Words With Friends