bugloss

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bugloss widespread European weed with spiny tongue-shaped leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in United States
    • n bugloss perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bugloss (Bot) A plant of the genus Anchusa, and especially the Anchusa officinalis, sometimes called alkanet; oxtongue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bugloss The popular name of the plant Anchusa officinalis. The small wild bugloss is Asperugo procumbens; the viper's-bugloss, Echium vulgare; the small bugloss, Lycopsis arvensis; and the sea-bugloss, Mertensia maritima. They are all boraginaceous plants, with rough leaves. Also called ox-tongue.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bugloss bū′glos a name popularly applied to many plants of the natural order Boragineæ, more strictly to Anchusa arvensis, a common weed in corn-fields in Britain.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. buglosse, L. buglossa, buglossus, fr. Gr. oxtongue ox + tongue
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. buglosse—L. buglossa—Gr. bouglōssosbous, ox, glōssa, tongue.

Usage

In literature:

If season of Herbs, boil in a little of the broth apart, some Lettice, Sorrel, Borage, and Bugloss, &c. till they be only well mortified.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
The angle of a field by the woods on the eastern side of the heath, the entire corner, is blue in July with viper's bugloss.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Thus also you may make fritters of beets, clary, borrage, bugloss, or lattice.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
The bugloss belongs to what may be called beautiful weeds, despite its rough and bristly stalk.
"A Year in the Fields" by John Burroughs
Mr. Bugloss intends to pull it down next year.
"The Passionate Elopement" by Compton Mackenzie
I have seen the Viper's Bugloss often since that day on the railroad train, now that I know it, and think of it.
"Old-Time Gardens" by Alice Morse Earle
A spiked tree of late-blooming bugloss streamed its blue and purple into my eyes.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
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In news:

DeSabato-Aust writes that 'Jack Frost' Siberian bugloss ( Brunnera macrophylla ) is a perennial favored for its silver -frosted heart-shaped leaves with green veins.
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