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[floks] /flɒks/
any plant of the genus Phlox, of North America, certain species of which are cultivated for their showy flowers of various colors.
Compare phlox family.
the flower of this plant.
Origin of phlox
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin, special use of Latin phlox < Greek phlóx a flame-colored plant, literally, flame. See phlegm, phlogistic Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for phlox
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  • Tall snapdragons and lilies and sweet-williams and phlox in the garden-beds.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • A few whiffs of the raw, strong scent of phlox invigorated her.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • To phlox, the novelist, she was always conscientiously brilliant.

  • I have found primroses, phlox, and mertensia on the summit of Long's Peak.

  • I have, too, some of the fine varieties of "phlox Drummondi."

    A Garden with House Attached Sarah Warner Brooks
  • She was flying near a piazza where there were some phlox plants.

  • phlox Drummondii is an old favorite that holds its own against any of the new-comers.

    ABC of Gardening Eben Eugene Rexford
  • On June 10th, carnations, phlox, and Eschscholtzia were in full bloom.


    Sir Francis Edward Younghusband
  • This is the zone of rhododendron, shushula, phlox, and painted brush.

    The Columbia River William Denison Lyman
  • This belongs to the Polemoniace family, and is the phlox Cspitosa.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
British Dictionary definitions for phlox


noun (pl) phlox, phloxes
any polemoniaceous plant of the chiefly North American genus Phlox: cultivated for their clusters of white, red, or purple flowers
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek: a plant of glowing colour, literally: flame
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Word Origin and History for phlox

1706, from Latin, where it was the name of a flower (Pliny), from Greek phlox "kind of plant with showy flowers" (probably Silene vulgaris), literally "flame," related to phlegein "to burn" (see bleach (v.)). Applied to the North American flowering plant by German botanist Johann Jakob Dillenius (1684-1747).

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