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willow herb

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noun
  1. any of numerous plants belonging to the genus Epilobium, of the evening primrose family, having terminal clusters of purplish or white flowers.
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Origin of willow herb

First recorded in 1570–80
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Historical Examples

  • I there saw a bunch of "willow-herb" magnificently modelled.

    Practical Taxidermy

    Montagu Browne

  • Wherever the willow-herb flourishes there a Guadet is serving The Company.

    The New North

    Agnes Deans Cameron

  • Mr. Beebe watched them, and watched the seeds of the willow-herb dance chorically above their heads.

    A Room With A View

    E. M. Forster

  • Next season Coltsfoot, willow-herb, Oxyria, and two grasses had planted themselves.

    The Romance of Plant Life

    G. F. Scott Elliot

  • Willow-herb, tender and wistful, like a pink sunset cloud, was not slow to follow.