• WordNet 3.6
    • n Lithospermum annual or perennial herbaceous or shrubby plants; cosmopolitan except Australia
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lithospermum A genus of plants of the tribe Borageæ, type of the subtribe Lithospermeæ, characterized by a corolla with a cylindrical tube, a usually naked throat, and a spreading limb. The stamens are included, and the nutlets smooth, with a small flat surface at the base. There are about 40 species, growing throughout the warm and temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, in eastern Africa, and the western part of South America. They are rough hairy herbs, rarely undershrubs, bearing purple, blue, white, or yellow flowers, either solitary in the axils or (the upper) in leafy bracted spikes or racemes. See gromwell, alkanet, 3, and puccoon.
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In literature:

The roots of some species of Lithospermum afford a lac for dyeing and painting.
"The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom" by P. L. Simmonds
Lithospermum officinale (Grey Millet) .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
Lithospermum fruticosum, 165. prostratum, 165.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Lithospermum callosum, Vahl 125.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent