• WordNet 3.6
    • n foxglove any of several plants of the genus Digitalis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first known heart medicine was discovered in an English garden. In 1799, physician John Ferriar noted the effect of dried leaves of the common foxglove plant, digitalis purpurea, on heart action. Still used in heart medications, digitalis slows the pulse and increases the force of heart contractions and the amount of blood pumped per heartbeat.
    • n Foxglove (Bot) Any plant of the genus Digitalis. The common English foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) is a handsome perennial or biennial plant, whose leaves are used as a powerful medicine, both as a sedative and diuretic. See Digitalis. "Pan through the pastures oftentimes hath run
      To pluck the speckled foxgloves from their stem."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foxglove A common ornamental flowering plant of gardens, Digitalis purpurea, a native of Europe, where it is found in hilly and especially rocky subalpine localities. It has large tubular-campanulate flowers in long terminal racemes, and is one of the most stately and beautiful of European plants. The flowers are purple or sometimes white or rose-colored. The plant has valuable medicinal properties as a sedative and diuretic. See Digitalis.
    • n foxglove The name in Jamaica of species of Phytolacca.
    • n foxglove One of several plants of other genera.
    • n foxglove The pitcher-plant, Sarracenia purpurea.
    • n foxglove The trumpet-creeper, Campsis radicans.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Foxglove a plant with glove-like flowers, whose leaves are used as a soothing medicine
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. foxes-glōfa, foxes-clōfa,foxes-clife,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fox; Ger. fuchs.


In literature:

Tall foxglove spires lit the woodland shadows with rosy gleams.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
It was a circumstance of this kind which first fixed my attention on the Foxglove.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
A few belated foxglove stems added to the old-time enchantment of the place.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Amid the tangled grass a great foxglove was swaying to and fro.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
It all came from the foxglove.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
Vomits greatly increase the absorption from the cellular membrane, as squill, and foxglove.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
And there were the foxglove seeds still clinging.
"A Bookful of Girls" by Anna Fuller
So she looked about for a place to rest in, and saw near her the cool pink cave of a foxglove flower.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
How beautiful the foxgloves are!
"Thereby Hangs a Tale" by George Manville Fenn
Now was the time when she could wear foxglove blooms on every finger.
"Carnival" by Compton Mackenzie
Of foxgloves, goldilocks, valerian and mullein.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
And now came the foxglove transplanting.
"The Idyl of Twin Fires" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Hard by, a towering foxglove leans into space, bearing two joyous sprites.
"George Cruikshank" by W. H. Chesson
The band, the members of which were perched in the swinging flowers of a foxglove close by, played lustily during the feast.
"Goblin Tales of Lancashire" by James Bowker
And by chance his meditations were broken, and before him, among some tall foxgloves, stood Mollie Gerald.
"Tommy Wideawake" by H. H. Bashford
Foxgloves rose like purple rods amid the snow webs of the wild daisy.
"The Hill of Venus" by Nathan Gallizier
The foxglove is another of the few biennials that are hardy, and it also likes a cool, shady spot.
"Gardening for Little Girls" by Olive Hyde Foster
The Foxglove is a tall plant with a very stiff stem, from one side of which hang beautiful rose-pink and purple bells.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
Foxgloves as tall as a man adorn all dry and shady groves.
"Lancashire" by Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
He had intended white foxgloves to rise, always, against the copse; but then he had not known how lovely pink foxgloves could be.
"Christmas Roses and Other Stories" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick

In poetry:

An empty sky, a world of heather,
Purple of foxglove, yellow of broom;
We two among them wading together,
Shaking out honey, treading perfume.
"Divided" by Jean Ingelow
The forest foxglove is purple, the marguerite
Outside is gold and white,
Nor can those that pluck either blossom greet
The others, day or night.
"The Dark Forest" by Edward Thomas
When June's love crimsons the cheek of the rose,
And the meadow—swathes sweep in rhythmic rows,
And foxgloves gleam in the darkest glen,
You will not recall nor regret us then.
"The Passing Of The Primroses" by Alfred Austin
I know how the valleys are bright from far,
Rocks, meadows, and waters, the wood and the scaur;
And how the roadside and the nearest hill
The foxglove and heather and harebell fill.
"From North Wales: To The Mother" by George MacDonald
The loaded wagons wend their way
Across the pasture-lands, and stay
Beside the hedge where foxgloves peer;
And ricks that shall be fashioned here
Will be the sweetest stuff, they say,
In Dorset Dear!
"In Dorset Dear" by Fay Inchfawn
"Arcadian shepherds, wreathe with ivy-spray
Your budding poet, so that Codrus burst
With envy: if he praise beyond my due,
Then bind my brow with foxglove, lest his tongue
With evil omen blight the coming bard."
"Eclogue VII" by Virgil

In news:

The January Meeting of the Foxglove Garden Club was held at St Mark's Church on January 9.
Common foxglove beautiful, yet toxic.
OUTDOORS WILD THINGS — The common foxglove is a deadly beauty, which is why critters avoid munching on the pinkish-purple flowers or any other part of this poisonous plant.
It's a member of the Dogbane family and contains the toxins oleandrin and nerioside, which are very similar to the poisonous chemical in foxglove ( Digitalis ).
Foxgloves Garden Gloves, hats and tools.