Candytuft
Candytuft Can"dy*tuft` (k[a^]n"d[-e]*t[u^]ft`), n. (Bot.) An annual plant of the genus {Iberis}, cultivated in gardens. The name was originally given to the {Iberis umbellata}, first, discovered in the island of Candia (The Italian name for Crete). It is grown as an ornamental plant, having tufted red,violet, purple, or pink flowers. [1913 Webster]

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  • candytuft — [kan′dētuft΄] n. [< CANDIA + TUFT] any of a genus (Iberis) of garden plants of the crucifer family, with clusters of white, pink, or purplish flowers …   English World dictionary

  • candytuft — /kan dee tuft /, n. a plant of the genus Iberis, of the mustard family, esp. I. umbellata, an ornamental plant with tufted pink, violet, purple, or red flowers, originally from the island of Crete. [1570 80; Candy (var. of CANDIA) + TUFT] * * * ▪ …   Universalium

  • candytuft — Iberis Iberis n. A genus of Old World herbs and subshrubs including the {candytuft}. Syn: genus {Iberis}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • candytuft — laibenis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių (Brassicaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Alyssum). atitikmenys: lot. Alyssum angl. alison; alyssum; candytuft; madwort vok. Steinkraut; Steinkresse rus. бурачек lenk. smagliczka …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • candytuft — rudgrūdėlė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių (Brassicaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Iberis). atitikmenys: lot. Iberis angl. candytuft vok. Bauernsenf; Schleifenblume rus. иберийка; иберис; перечник; разнолепестник lenk. ubiorek …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • candytuft — noun Etymology: Candy, alteration of Candia Crete, Greek island + English tuft Date: 1629 any of a genus (Iberis) of plants of the mustard family cultivated for their white, pink, or purple flowers …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • candytuft — n. type of flowering plants of the genus Iberis cultivated for their clusters of white to red or purple flowers (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • candytuft — noun a plant with small heads of white, pink, or purple flowers, grown as a garden or rockery plant. [Genus Iberis.] Origin C17: from Candy (obs. form of Candia, former name of Crete) + tuft …   English new terms dictionary

  • candytuft — can·dy·tuft …   English syllables

  • candytuft — can•dy•tuft [[t]ˈkæn diˌtʌft[/t]] n. pln any of various small plants of the genus Iberis, of the mustard family, with tufted white, pink, or lavender flowers • Etymology: 1570–80; Candy (var. of Candia) +tuft …   From formal English to slang

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