Moss pink
Pink Pink, n. [Perh. akin to pick; as if the edges of the petals were picked out. Cf. {Pink}, v. t.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of the caryophyllaceous genus {Dianthus}, and to their flowers, which are sometimes very fragrant and often double in cultivated varieties. The species are mostly perennial herbs, with opposite linear leaves, and handsome five-petaled flowers with a tubular calyx. [1913 Webster]

2. A color resulting from the combination of a pure vivid red with more or less white; -- so called from the common color of the flower. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything supremely excellent; the embodiment or perfection of something. ``The very pink of courtesy.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) The European minnow; -- so called from the color of its abdomen in summer. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Bunch pink} is {Dianthus barbatus}.

{China pink}, or {Indian pink}. See under {China}.

{Clove pink} is {Dianthus Caryophyllus}, the stock from which carnations are derived.

{Garden pink}. See {Pheasant's eye}.

{Meadow pink} is applied to {Dianthus deltoides}; also, to the ragged robin.

{Maiden pink}, {Dianthus deltoides}.

{Moss pink}. See under {Moss}.

{Pink needle}, the pin grass; -- so called from the long, tapering points of the carpels. See {Alfilaria}.

{Sea pink}. See {Thrift}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Moss pink — Moss Moss (m[o^]s; 115), n. [OE. mos; akin to AS. me[ o]s, D. mos, G. moos, OHG. mos, mios, Icel. mosi, Dan. mos, Sw. mossa, Russ. mokh , L. muscus. Cf. {Muscoid}.] 1. (Bot.) A cryptogamous plant of a cellular structure, with distinct stem and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moss pink — moss′ pink′ n. pln a phlox, Phlox subulata, of the eastern U.S., having showy pink to purple flowers • Etymology: 1855–60 …   From formal English to slang

  • moss pink — ☆ moss pink n. a hardy, perennial phlox (Phlox subulata) forming sprawling mats with bristly, narrow leaves and white, pink, or lavender flowers …   English World dictionary

  • moss pink — noun 1. low tufted perennial phlox with needlelike evergreen leaves and pink or white flowers; native to United States and widely cultivated as a ground cover • Syn: ↑mountain phlox, ↑moss phlox, ↑dwarf phlox, ↑Phlox subulata • Hypernyms: ↑phlox… …   Useful english dictionary

  • moss pink — ylalapis flioksas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Palemoninių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Phlox subulata), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Phlox subulata angl. ground pink; moss phlox; moss pink; moss pink; mountain phlox;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • moss-pink — ylalapis flioksas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Palemoninių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Phlox subulata), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Phlox subulata angl. ground pink; moss phlox; moss pink; moss pink; mountain phlox;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • moss pink — noun Date: circa 1856 a low growing perennial phlox (Phlox subulata) widely cultivated for its abundant usually pink or white flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • moss pink — a phlox, Phlox subulata, of the eastern U.S., having showy pink to purple flowers. [1855 60] * * * …   Universalium

  • moss-pink — n. Ground pink (Phlox subulata) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Pink — Pink, n. [Perh. akin to pick; as if the edges of the petals were picked out. Cf. {Pink}, v. t.] 1. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of the caryophyllaceous genus {Dianthus}, and to their flowers, which are sometimes very fragrant and often… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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