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

  1. 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

Words Nearby anchusa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use anchusa in a sentence

  • The two British Alkanets (anchusa) are interesting plants, though not very common.

    Field and Woodland Plants | William S. Furneaux
  • That when French ladies coloured their faces with an ointment containing anchusa the colour did not last long.

    The Old English Herbals | Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
  • My garden is at present amazingly blue with Dropmore Alkanet (anchusa).

  • She gazed at the bushes of blue anchusa; the gardener had planted pink monthly roses a little too thickly among them.

    The Second Fiddle | Phyllis Bottome
  • In this specimen a raceme of small flowers was included within the enlarged pericarp of a species of anchusa.

    Vegetable Teratology | Maxwell T. Masters

British Dictionary definitions for anchusa


/ (æŋˈkjuːsə) /

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

Origin of anchusa

C18: from Latin

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