purple loosestrife
noun Date: 1548 a perennial Eurasian marsh herb (Lythrum salicaria) of the loosestrife family that is naturalized in eastern North America and has long spikes of purple flowers

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  • purple loosestrife — noun marsh herb with a long spike of purple flowers; originally of Europe but now rampant in eastern United States • Syn: ↑spiked loosestrife, ↑Lythrum salicaria • Hypernyms: ↑loosestrife • Member Holonyms: ↑Lythrum, ↑genus Lythru …   Useful english dictionary

  • purple loosestrife — paprastoji raudoklė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raudoklinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, vaistinis augalas (Lythrum salicaria), paplitęs šiaurės Afrikoje, Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Lythrum salicaria angl. purple lythrum; purple… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • purple loosestrife — noun a semi aquatic herbaceous plant, Lythrum salicaria, having long spikes of purple flowers Syn: long purples, purple lythrum, salicaire, spiked loosestrife …   Wiktionary

  • purple loosestrife — an Old World plant, Lythrum salicaria, of the loosestrife family, widely naturalized in North America, growing in wet places and having spikes of reddish purple flowers. [1540 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • purple loosestrife — pur′ple loose′strife n. pln an Old World wetland plant, Lythrum salicaria, of the loosestrife family, having spikes of reddish purple flowers …   From formal English to slang

  • Loosestrife — is the common name of a number of different flowering plants. The species belong to two taxonomic genera, Lythrum , within the family Lythraceae, and Lysimachia , within the family Primulaceae. Lythrum species known as loosestrife include:*… …   Wikipedia

  • loosestrife — [lo͞os′strīf΄] n. [ LOOSE, v. + STRIFE: used as transl. of L lysimachia < Gr lysimacheios, understood as “ending strife” < lyein, to loosen, solve (see LYSIS) + machē, battle: from its assumed soothing properties, but prob. after Lysimachia …   English World dictionary

  • Purple plague — may refer to: * AuAl2, a purple gold aluminium intermetallic compound in microelectronics that degrades wire bonding between gold and aluminum * Purple loosestrife, a fast growing weed and invasive speciesee also* White plague * Red plague *… …   Wikipedia

  • loosestrife — /loohs struyf /, n. 1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usually yellow flowers, as L. vulgaris (garden loosestrife) or L. quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife). 2. any of several… …   Universalium

  • loosestrife — noun Etymology: intended as translation of Greek lysimacheios loosestrife (as if from lysis act of loosing + machesthai to fight) more at lysis Date: 1548 1. any of a genus (Lysimachia) of plants of the primrose family with leafy stems and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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