Antirrhinum

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Antirrhinum a genus of herbs of the family Scrophulariaceae with brightly colored irregular flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n antirrhinum A genus of herbs, natural order Scrophulariaceæ, natives of the warmer parts of the old world and North America. The flowers of most of the species bear a resemblance to an animal's snout; hence the name. The snapdragon, A. majus, is a familiar garden-plant, with showy flowers, from the Mediterranean. The Mexican A. maurandioides is also frequently cultivated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Antirrhinum an-tir-rī′num the genus of plants to which Snapdragon belongs.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Neo-Latin, from Gr. anti, opposite, and ris, rinos, nose; from its resemblance to a beast's mouth.

Usage

In literature:

Here and there a surviving blossom of antirrhinum swaggered among its withered brethren as if to maintain the illusion of summer.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
Now, in common with a large number of perennials and biennials, the Antirrhinum is almost exclusively grown from seed.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
We sowed in faith and hope, not knowing what manner of thing an antirrhinum might be.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
The Antirrhinum is, so to speak, a closed box, of which the Humble Bees alone possess the key.
"The Beauties of Nature" by Sir John Lubbock
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