- any Eurasian plant belonging to the genus Digitalis, of the figwort family, especially D. purpurea, having drooping, tubular, purple or white flowers on tall spikes, and leaves that are the source of digitalis in medicine.
Origin of foxglove
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That the exhibition of the Foxglove was but seldom attended with sickness.An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses
Among the fern at this season stood the tall dead stalks of foxglove.Armorel of Lyonesse
The Foxglove leaves are broad and long, and they are pointed at the end.Flowers Shown to the Children
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In irregular flowers, like the snapdragon and foxglove, the decoration is irregular.Colouration in Animals and Plants
A rival in sound could be made by popping the foxglove's fingers.Child Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
- any Eurasian scrophulariaceous plant of the genus Digitalis, esp D. purpurea, having spikes of purple or white thimble-like flowers. The soft wrinkled leaves are a source of digitalis
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Word Origin and History for foxglove
Old English foxes glofa; the reason for fox is uncertain. Cf. Old English foxesfot ("fox foot") "xiphion;" foxesclate "burdock."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Any of several herbs of the genus Digitalis, especially D. purpurea, having a long cluster of large, tubular, pinkish-purple flowers and leaves that are the source of the drug digitalis.
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