[ang-kyoo-suh, -zuh, an-choo-]


any plant of the genus Anchusa, of the borage family, several species of which are cultivated for their blue or purplish flowers that resemble forget-me-nots.

Origin of anchusa

< New Latin, Latin anchūsa dyer's bugloss < Greek ánchousa
Also called alkanet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any Eurasian plant of the boraginaceous genus Anchusa, having rough hairy stems and leaves and blue flowersSee also alkanet (def. 3), bugloss

Word Origin for anchusa

C18: from Latin
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