• WordNet 3.6
    • n Samolus genus of herbs usually growing in salt marshes: water pimpernels
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n samolus A genus of herbaceous plants of the order Primulaceæ, the primrose family, constituting the tribe Samoleæ. It is characterized by a calyx with five-cleft persistent border, a perigynous corolla with five rounded and imbricated lobes and a short tube bearing five stamens, which are alternate with as many slender staminodes. There are about 8 species, of which one, S. Valerandi, the brookweed or water-pimpernel, is cosmopolitan, the others being natives mostly of the shores south of the tropics. They are smooth herbs with round stems, sometimes shrubby below, bearing alternate entire leaves, often principally in a rosette at the base. The small white flowers form terminal racemes or corymbs, and are followed by roundish five-valved capsules with many minute globose or angled seeds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Samolus sam′ō-lus a genus of herbaceous plants of the primrose family.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Pwcca on Caerphile Castle, and the use of Samolus and Selago by the Druids, 157.
"Notes & Queries, Index of Volume 1" by Various
In other cases, as in Samolus, the scales are alternate with the petals, and may represent altered stamens.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various