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[moon-flou-er] /ˈmunˌflaʊ ər/
a plant, Ipomoea alba, of the morning glory family, having fragrant white flowers that bloom at night.
Origin of moonflower
First recorded in 1780-90; moon + flower Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • 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
  • And her heart folded inward like the petals of a moonflower.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • The digging began at the fence and reached the moonflower, whose roots were indeed deep.

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

    The Lani People J. F. Bone
  • 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
  • But the moonflower—he would like to have one more look at that.

    Harding's luck E. [Edith] Nesbit
  • Her own was near the moonflower that climbed over the tiny veranda and was now in full bloom.

    Flower of the Dusk Myrtle Reed
British Dictionary definitions for moonflower


any of several night-blooming convolvulaceous plants, esp the white-flowered Calonyction (or Ipomoea) aculeatum
Also called angels' tears. a Mexican solanaceous plant, Datura suaveolens, planted in the tropics for its white night-blooming flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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