Stellaria

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Stellaria common chickweed; stitchwort
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stellaria A genus of polypetalous plants, of the order Caryophyllaceæ and tribe Alsineæ. It is characterized by the absence of stipules, by flowers usually with five deeply two-cleft petals and three styles, and by a one-celled globose or oblong capsnle which commonly splits into three two-cleft or completely parted valves. There are about 85 species, scattered throughout the world; in the tropics they occur only on mountains. Seven species occur in England and about 20 in North America, of which 7 are natives of the northeastern United States. They are commonly diffuse herbs, with weak, smooth, or hairy stems, loosely ascending or growing in matted tufts. Their flowers are usually white, and form terminal panicled cymes, sometimes mixed with leaves. Several species are known as chickweed, and several others as starwort or stitchwort, especially S. Holostea (see stitchwort), a common English species, bearing such local names as allbone, break-bones, shirt-buttons, snap-jack. S. longifolia, the long leafed stitchwort, frequent in the Northern Atlantic States, forms delicate tangled masses of light green overtopped by numerous small white flowers. S. pubera, the great chick-weed or starwort, the most showy Atlantic species, forms conspicuous dark-green tufts along shaded banks in earliest spring, from Pennsylvania southward. See also cut under ovary.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stellaria a genus of tufted plants of the pink family—the chickweeds or starworts
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. stellarisstella, a star.

Usage

In literature:

A few days later some of the copses were beautifully enlivened by Ranunculus auricomus, wood anemones, and a white Stellaria.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Stellaria media, cross-fertilisation of.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Stellaria Edwardsii R. BR.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
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