whorled-loosestrife

whorled loosestrife

noun
See under loosestrife ( def 1 ).
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loosestrife

[loos-strahyf]
noun
1.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usually yellow flowers, as L. vulgaris (garden loosestrife) or L. quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife)
2.
any of several plants belonging to the genus Lythrum, of the loosestrife family.


Origin:
1540–50; loose (v.) + strife, mistranslation of Latin lȳsimachīa (< Greek lȳsimáchei(os) + -a feminine noun suffix; see lysi-, -machy), plant said to be named after a certain Lysímachos; see -ia

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loosestrife (ˈluːsˌstraɪf)
 
n
1.  See also moneywort any of various primulaceous plants of the genus Lysimachia, esp the yellow-flowered L. vulgaris (yellow loosestrife)
2.  purple loosestrife a purple-flowered lythraceous marsh plant, Lythrum salicaria
3.  any of several similar or related plants, such as the primulaceous plant Naumburgia thyrsiflora (tufted loosestrife)
 
[C16: loose + strife, an erroneous translation of Latin lysimachia, as if from Greek lusimakhos ending strife, instead of from the name of the supposed discoverer, Lusimakhos]

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