• WordNet 3.6
    • n anchusa any of various Old World herbs of the genus Anchusa having one-sided clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n anchusa A genus of herbaceous plants, chiefly perennial, of the natural order Boraginaceæ. There are 30 species, rough, hairy herbs, natives of Europe and western Asia. The more common species of Europe is the bugloss or common alkanet, A. officinalis.
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In literature:

My garden is at present amazingly blue with Dropmore Alkanet (Anchusa).
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
Anchusa italica, 8; A. sempervirens, 9.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
She gazed at the bushes of blue anchusa; the gardener had planted pink monthly roses a little too thickly among them.
"The Second Fiddle" by Phyllis Bottome