Prince's feather
Prince Prince, n. [F., from L. princeps, -cipis, the first, chief; primus first + capere to take. See {Prime}, a., and {Capacious}.] 1. The one of highest rank; one holding the highest place and authority; a sovereign; a monarch; -- originally applied to either sex, but now rarely applied to a female. --Wyclif (Rev. i. 5). [1913 Webster]

Go, Michael, of celestial armies prince. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Queen Elizabeth, a prince admirable above her sex. --Camden. [1913 Webster]

2. The son of a king or emperor, or the issue of a royal family; as, princes of the blood. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A title belonging to persons of high rank, differing in different countries. In England it belongs to dukes, marquises, and earls, but is given to members of the royal family only. In Italy a prince is inferior to a duke as a member of a particular order of nobility; in Spain he is always one of the royal family. [1913 Webster]

4. The chief of any body of men; one at the head of a class or profession; one who is pre["e]minent; as, a merchant prince; a prince of players. ``The prince of learning.'' --Peacham. [1913 Webster]

{Prince-Albert coat}, a long double-breasted frock coat for men.

{Prince of the blood}, {Prince consort}, {Prince of darkness}. See under {Blood}, {Consort}, and {Darkness}.

{Prince of Wales}, the oldest son of the English sovereign.

{Prince's feather} (Bot.), a name given to two annual herbs ({Amarantus caudatus} and {Polygonum orientale}), with apetalous reddish flowers arranged in long recurved panicled spikes.

{Prince's metal}, {Prince Rupert's metal}. See under {Metal}.

{Prince's pine}. (Bot.) See {Pipsissewa}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • prince's-feather — baltasėklis burnotis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Burnotinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, maistinis, pašarinis, vaistinis kultūrinis augalas (Amaranthus hypochondriacus), kilęs iš Šiaurės Amerikos; jo lapai valgomi, iš sėklų gaminami miltai.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • prince's-feather — prince′ s feath′er n. pln a tall, showy plant, Amaranthus hybridus erythrostachys, of the amaranth family, having reddish foliage and thick spikes of small, red flowers • Etymology: 1620–30 …   From formal English to slang

  • prince's-feather — noun 1. tall showy tropical American annual having hairy stems and long spikes of usually red flowers above leaves deeply flushed with purple; seeds often used as cereal • Syn: ↑gentleman s cane, ↑prince s plume, ↑red amaranth, ↑purple amaranth,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • prince's feather — noun Date: 1629 a showy widely cultivated annual plant (Amaranthus hypochondriacus or A. cruentus) of the amaranth family having dense usually red spikes of flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prince's-feather — /prin siz feth euhr/, n. 1. a tall, showy plant, Amaranthus hybridus erythrostachys, of the amaranth family, having reddish foliage and thick spikes of small, red flowers. 2. a hairy, much branched, plant, Polygonum orientale, of the buckwheat… …   Universalium

  • prince's feather — noun a tall South American plant with upright brush like spikes of small red flowers. [Amaranthus hypochondriacus.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • prince's-feather — /prɪnsəz ˈfɛðə/ (say prinsuhz fedhuh) noun 1. a tall, showy, garden annual, a variety of Amaranthus hybridus, bearing thick crowded spikes of small red flowers. 2. any of certain related plants. 3. a tall, tropical annual, Polygonum orientale,… …   Australian English dictionary

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