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[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.
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Origin of anchusa

< New Latin, Latin anchūsa dyer's bugloss < Greek ánchousa
Also called alkanet.
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Examples from the Web for anchusa

Historical Examples of anchusa

  • In this specimen a raceme of small flowers was included within the enlarged pericarp of a species of Anchusa.

    Vegetable Teratology

    Maxwell T. Masters

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

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • My garden is at present amazingly blue with Dropmore Alkanet (Anchusa).

British Dictionary definitions for anchusa


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

C18: from Latin
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