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moonflower

[moon-flou-er] /ˈmunˌflaʊ ər/
noun
1.
a plant, Ipomoea alba, of the morning glory family, having fragrant white flowers that bloom at night.
Origin of moonflower
1780-1790
First recorded in 1780-90; moon + flower
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  • But the moonflower—he would like to have one more look at that.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • The moonflower on the bookcase behind Alexander was a thing of beauty.

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • And her heart folded inward like the petals of a moonflower.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • With moonflower I have failed, although I soaked the big seed over night and sowed with great care.

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • The seeds of the moonflower must be soaked in hot water, and left over night, before sowing.

    A Woman's Hardy Garden

    Helena Rutherfurd Ely
  • The seeds of the moonflower are large and hard and will fail to grow unless they are slightly cut.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • Her own was near the moonflower that climbed over the tiny veranda and was now in full bloom.

    Flower of the Dusk

    Myrtle Reed
  • The digging began at the fence and reached the moonflower, whose roots were indeed deep.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
British Dictionary definitions for moonflower

moonflower

/ˈmuːnˌflaʊə/
noun
1.
any of several night-blooming convolvulaceous plants, esp the white-flowered Calonyction (or Ipomoea) aculeatum
2.
Also called angels' tears. a Mexican solanaceous plant, Datura suaveolens, planted in the tropics for its white night-blooming flowers
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