Prince's feather

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prince's feather (Bot) a name given to two annual herbs (Amarantus caudatus and Polygonum orientale), with apetalous reddish flowers arranged in long recurved panicled spikes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Prince's feather a tall showy annual with spikes of rose-coloured flowers
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. princepsprimus, first, capĕre, to take.

Usage

In literature:

There were pinks and marigolds and princes' feathers, with bachelor's buttons and Johnny-jump-ups to keep them company.
"Mother Stories" by Maud Lindsay
It is a near relative of knot grass and smartweed and Prince's feather.
"Seed Dispersal" by William J. Beal
He was decorated with the red button, the peacock's feather, and the yellow tunic, with the title of Heou-Ye (imperial prince).
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
It was a satin programme with gilt fringe, and it was topped by the Prince of Wales's feathers.
"London Days" by Arthur Warren
The 'prince's feathers' bloomed in great clumsy crimson tufts close by the step.
"The Prophet of the Great Smoky Mountains" by Charles Egbert Craddock
One was called the Prince of Wales's Feathers, as the water sprang up in that form.
"Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life" by Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey
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