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dusty miller

  1. any of several composite plants, as Centaurea cineraria, Senecio cineraria, or the beach wormwood, having pinnate leaves covered with whitish pubescence.
  2. rose campion.
Angling. a type of artificial fly used chiefly for trout and salmon.
Origin of dusty miller
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Among foliage plants such things as coleus, dusty miller, begonia, and some geraniums are adaptable.

  • "Dearie me," suddenly exclaimed the dusty miller, "how tired she looks," and he walked to the door.

  • Roger smiled and bowed to the dusty miller, who held out a huge white hand for him to shake.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis
  • The dusty miller was scratching his head in puzzled wonder at just the minute Dick arrived on the scene.

    Dick the Bank Boy Frank V. Webster
  • On the side path, bordered with monster oleanders and dusty miller, he stopped.

    The Rest Hollow Mystery Rebecca N. Porter
  • Lucy and I had both a fight for it with the dusty miller; I know it was a hard fight on my part, and I am quite heroic.

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • I'd like to whip him, till all the dust flew out of his dusty miller clothes—so I would!

  • After a while they came to an old mill where the rusty, dusty miller ground the corn for the farmers.

    The Jumble Book David Cory
British Dictionary definitions for dusty miller

dusty miller

Also called snow-in-summer. a caryophyllaceous plant, Cerastium tomentosum, of SE Europe and Asia, having white flowers and downy stems and leaves: cultivated as a rock plant
a plant, Artemisia stelleriana, of NE Asia and E North America, having small yellow flower heads and downy stems and leaves: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of various other downy plants, such as the rose campion
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Word Origin and History for dusty miller

common name for auricula, 1825, so called from the powder on the leaves and flower; millers, by the nature of their work, being famously dusty.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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