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[byoo-glos, -glaws] /ˈbyu glɒs, -glɔs/
any of various Old World, boraginaceous herbs, as Anchusa officinalis, having rough leaves, used in medicine, and Lycopsis arvensis, a bristly, blue-flowered herb.
Origin of bugloss
1350-1400; Middle English buglossa < Medieval Latin, for Latin būglōssos < Greek, equivalent to bou-, stem of boûs ox + -glōssos -tongued, adj. derivative of glôssa tongue Unabridged
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  • The leaves of the Viper's bugloss are rough and hairy, with smooth edges.

  • The bugloss belongs to what may be called beautiful weeds, despite its rough and bristly stalk.

    A Year in the Fields John Burroughs
  • I have seen the Viper's bugloss often since that day on the railroad train, now that I know it, and think of it.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
  • The Viper's bugloss is a stout, upright plant, with a curious pale green hairy stem, which is dotted all over with red spots.

  • The first thing you will notice about the Viper's bugloss is the way the rows of flower-buds curl like a scorpion.

  • A species of bugloss, cultivated chiefly in the neighbourhood of Montpellier.

  • Mountebank, with thy pedantical action—Rimatrix, bugloss, Rhinoceros!

  • The angle of a field by the woods on the eastern side of the heath, the entire corner, is blue in July with viper's bugloss.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • Like Gerard, he does not question the efficacy of borage, bugloss and many other herbs to promote happiness.

    The Old English Herbals Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • It was viper's bugloss—a stray, I told her, shifting my head uneasily beneath her scrutiny.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
British Dictionary definitions for bugloss


any of various hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plants of the genera Anchusa, Lycopsis, and Echium, esp L. arvensis, having clusters of blue flowers See also viper's bugloss
Word Origin
C15: from Latin būglōssa, from Greek bouglōssos ox-tongued, from bōs ox + glōssa tongue
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Word Origin and History for bugloss

1530s, from French buglosse, from Latin buglossa, from Greek bouglossos, literally "ox-tongued," from bous "ox" (see cow (n.)) + glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)) . So called from the shape of its leaves.

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