lobelia

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n lobelia any plant or flower of the genus Lobelia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lobelia (Bot) A genus of plants, including a great number of species. Lobelia inflata, or Indian tobacco, is an annual plant of North America, whose leaves contain a poisonous white viscid juice, of an acrid taste. It has often been used in medicine as an emetic, expectorant, etc. Lobelia cardinalis is the cardinal flower, remarkable for the deep and vivid red color of its flowers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lobelia A genus of gamopetalous plants, the type of the natural order Lobeliaceæ, distinguished by having the corolla-tube split down almost to the base, without a spur, and with a capsule which is two-valved at the summit. The plants are herbs, rarely shrubby, with alternate leaves, and irregular five-parted flowers either axillary or in racemes. There are about 200 species, found in all warm and temperate regions, with the exception of central and eastern Europe and western Asia. Numerous species are cultivated for the beauty of their flowers, which are usually blue, scarlet, or purple. L. cardinalis is the cardinal-flower, and L. syphilitica is sometimes called the blue cardinal-flower. (See cardinal-flower.) L. Dortmanna grows in the water of shallow lakes in northern Europe and America, and is called water-lobelia. L. coronopifolia is called buck's-horn on account of its forked leaves. L. Erinus of the Cape of Good Hope is the common little spreading lobelia of conservatories and gardens. L. fulgens and L. splendens from Mexico are conspicuous cultivated species. The officinal lobelia formerly employed as an emetic is L. inflata. It contains an acrid narcotic poison. It is a wide-spread American species.
    • n lobelia [lowercase] A plant of this genus.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lobelia lob-ē′li-a an ornamental flower, its roots medicinal.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
NL. So called from Lobel, botanist to King James I
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Lobel, a Flemish botanist.

Usage

In literature:

Little did he know how all this could be escaped by a good dose of lobelia.
"Confessions of Boyhood" by John Albee
Its rosy cushions are as neat and as lasting as Blue Lobelia.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Aunt Lobelia sat always at the window.
"Cape Cod Folks" by Sarah P. McLean Greene
Lobelia she left word to have that sign painted and set up last time she was here.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Lobelia fulgens, 73, 98.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Here and there the scarlet lily, red, yellow, and pure white orchids, and pale lobelias.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
Water-cress, water-celery, water-lobelia, starwort, and water-milfoil, are all good.
"Amateur Fish Culture" by Charles Edward Walker
She is putting lobelia down the cow's throat.
"Aunt Madge's Story" by Sophie May
The person crouching on the floor was Lobelia Parkins.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Its rosy cushions are as neat and as lasting as Blue Lobelia.
"Last Words" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
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In poetry:

Turning over their failures
By some bed of lobelias,
Nowhere to go but indoors,
Nor friends but empty chairs -
"Toads Revisited" by Philip Larkin
The Virgin's slipper now is made our prize;
Frequent the columbine with drooping head;
Iris; lobelia; bindweed's tenderest dyes,
Pale pendent lily, or erect and red.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain

In news:

A rabid skunk appeared near a home in Lobelia last Thursday and was promptly shot by the home owner, according to county sanitarian David Henderson.
Particular native flowers bloom this time of year to provide nectar such as asters, goldenrod and some lobelias.
A lobelia deckenii plant in one of Kilimanjaro 's many ecological zones of spectacular diversity.
2500 Lobelia Road, Vass, NC 520-350-9173.
Lobelia Rd + McLaughlin Rd.
Male Siberian Husky found off Lobelia Rd, east of Vass.
Norman Winter/MCT Lobelia can add a bright blue hue to your garden's palette.
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