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willow herb

any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Epilobium, of the evening primrose family, having terminal clusters of purplish or white flowers.
Compare fireweed.
Origin of willow herb
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Mr. Beebe watched them, and watched the seeds of the willow-herb dance chorically above their heads.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • I there saw a bunch of "willow-herb" magnificently modelled.

    Practical Taxidermy Montagu Browne
  • willow-herb, tender and wistful, like a pink sunset cloud, was not slow to follow.

    The Wind in the Willows Kenneth Grahame
  • Wherever the willow-herb flourishes there a Guadet is serving The Company.

    The New North Agnes Deans Cameron
  • Next season Coltsfoot, willow-herb, Oxyria, and two grasses had planted themselves.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • In a clearing before her spread a lake of willow-herb, of a pure bright pink, hemmed in by a golden shore of ragwort.

    The Marriage of William Ashe Mrs. Humphry Ward

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