pyrola

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pyrola any of several evergreen perennials of the genus Pyrola
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pyrola A genus of dicotyledonous plants of the order Ericaceæ, the heath family, type of the tribe Pyroleæ, characterized by racemed flowers with five converging petals, ten stamens with peculiar four-celled inverted anthers opening by pores, and a capsule opening from the base upward, with cobwebby margins. The 16 species are natives of the northern hemisphere, including 8 in the United States. They are smooth perennial herbs, sending out subterranean runners, and bearing radical or alternate long-stalked evergreen leaves, commonly entire and rounded, and an erect scape of bracted nodding flowers, which are white, yellowish, rose-colored, or purple. Several species are known in England and among American writers as wintergreen or false winter-green. P. rotundifolia, the larger wintergreen, is the most conspicuous species, a plant of both hemispheres, with thickish veiny round leaves, and commonly pure-white flowers, the stalk 6 to 12 inches high. It has been called Indian lettuce and canker-lettuce. P. elliptica, a smaller American plant with thin elliptical leaves, is called shin-leaf, a name also extended to the genus.
    • n pyrola [lowercase] Any plant of the above genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pyrola pī′rō-la a genus of plants of the heath kind, called also Wintergreen: a single plant of this genus.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., dim. of pirus, a pear-tree.

Usage

In literature:

Do not forget the Pyrola when in flower.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin" by Charles Darwin
Pyrola, fertilisation mechanism in.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
Pyrola minor, and P. media .
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
One-flowered pyrola White-pink Deep cold New England woods.
"Harper's Young People, June 8, 1880" by Various
Style slender, its apex (as in Pyrola) forming a sort of ring or collar around and partly adnate to the 5 little lobes of the stigma.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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