• WordNet 3.6
    • n silene any plant of the genus Silene
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Silene (Bot) A genus of caryophyllaceous plants, usually covered with a viscid secretion by which insects are caught; catchfly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Silene sī-lē′nē a genus of plants of the natural order Caryophyllaceæ—the Bladder Campion, whose young shoots eat like asparagus—the Catchfly, a general name for many British species.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL., fr. L. Silenus, the attendant of Bacchus


In literature:

Silene, Gartner's crossing-experiments on.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The Oporto silene is ringed with bands of gum.
"More Hunting Wasps" by J. Henri Fabre
All nater was husht and nary a zeffer disturbed the sereen silens.
"The Complete Works of Artemus Ward" by Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
Let no one guilty of torturing flies to death on sticky paper condemn the Silenes!
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
Silene Pendula, when sown in the autumn, makes a pleasing show of pink flowers in the spring.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
The plant alluded to is the Moss Campion (Silene acaulis, of Linnaeus).
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Vol. III" by William Wordsworth
It was a miracle wrought by a rich Silenic personality.
"Jaffery" by William J. Locke
Silene fimbriata, is a night flower, withering by 9 A.M.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Silene, fertility of crosses, 257.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Take the reins, Bonne Silene, while I go and reconnoitre the position.
"Hildegarde's Holiday" by Laura E. Richards

In news:

Finally, there are calls from the "silen majority" that enough is enough.