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closed gentian

a gentian, Gentiana andrewsii, of the eastern and central U.S., having tight clusters of dark blue, closed flowers.
Also called bottle gentian.
Origin of closed gentian
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The closed gentian does not hide its flower, but the corolla never opens; it always remains a closed bud.

    Riverby John Burroughs
  • The closed gentian keeps its darkly impenetrable blue beside the pink-tipped companion stalks of the snakes-head.

    Minstrel Weather Marian Storm

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