compass flower

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n compass flower any of several plants having leaves so arranged on the axis as to indicate the cardinal points of the compass
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Compass flower (Bot) a plant of the American prairies (Silphium laciniatum), not unlike a small sunflower; rosinweed. Its lower and root leaves are vertical, and on the prairies are disposed to present their edges north and south.
    • ***

Quotations

  • Elisabeth KuBler-Ross
    Elisabeth KuBler-Ross
    “If we make our goal to live a life of compassion and unconditional love, then the world will indeed become a garden where all kinds of flowers can bloom and grow.”

Usage

In literature:

There is a power of finesse in the feminine mind that no man may fully compass, and Yolanda, in that respect, was the flower of her sex.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
The Queen of the Leaf greets, with loving sisterly compassion, the Queen of the Flower.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 355, May 1845" by Various
But we examine it as we would a watch or a compass, and not a flower; which is its great fault.
"Mirror of the Months" by Peter George Patmore
I, as before, kept cutting the heads off the flowers with my whip, but this time she had no compassion for the flowers.
"Hania" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
***

In poetry:

When this can be compass'd, I'll build me a bower,
And twine in the trellice each sweet-scented flower--
Rare, delicate plants, whose large, fresh leaves shall fling
Green shadows, where birds in the stillness may sing.
"Vignette - XVI" by Matilda Betham
Yet heaven's remotest orb is partly ours,
Throbbing its radiance like a beating heart;
In the wide compass of angelic powers
The instinct of the blindworm has its part;
So in God's kingliest creature we behold
The flower our buds infold.
"Shakespeare" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Rochelle Whiteman measuring up to her native flowering Compass Plant.
***