• WordNet 3.6
    • n Sisyrinchium chiefly North American grasslike herbs
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sisyrinchium A genus of plants of the order Irideæ, type of the tribe Sisyrinchieæ and of the subtribe Eusisyrinchieæ. It is characterized by round or two-edged stems without a bulbous base, rising from a cluster of thickened fibers; flowers with the filaments commonly partly united into a tube, and with three slender undivided style-branches; and a globose ovary which becomes an exserted capsule in fruit. There are about 50 species, all American, occurring both in the tmpical and in the temperate zones, one species also indigenous in Ireland. They are tufted plants with numerous flat, long, and narrow upright leaves which are all or mostly radical, and usually a single spathe with numerous open fiattish flowers. The two species of the eastern United States, S. angustifolium and S. anceps, are known as blue-eyed grass, from the flowers. See rush-lily.
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In literature:

Sisyrinchium grandiflorum album, 276.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray

In news:

BLUE-EYED GRASS Sisyrinchium atlanticum.