Lunary

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Lunary Lunar.
    • n Lunary (Bot) The herb moonwort or “honesty”.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lunary Same as lunar.
    • n lunary The garden-flower Lunaria annua. See honesty, 5, and Lunaria.
    • n lunary The moonwort, Botrychium Lunaria. This herb was formerly supposed to have the power of opening locks and drawing the shoes from the feet of horses. (See quotation under lunatic, a., 3.) The name was formerly applied to various other real or imaginary plants having superstitious associations.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Lunary the moonwort fern
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. lunaire,. See Lunar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lunarisluna, the moon—lucēre, to shine.

Usage

In literature:

Why does the Lunary Copris know what his near kinsman, the Spanish Copris, does not?
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
They attached immense importance to the herb "Lunary," which no one as yet has ever been able to discover.
"The Days Before Yesterday" by Lord Frederick Hamilton
Like the Bison Onitis, the Sisyphus and the Lunary Copris, she enjoys the collaboration of the father.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
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