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  1. the generic name for thrift (def. 2)
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Word Origin

New Latin, from flos armeriae, a species of dianthus
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Examples from the Web for armeria

Historical Examples

  • Armeria, a genus of handsome plants growing on the sea-coast.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Two other Visigothic crowns are also preserved with it in the Armeria Real.

  • There was a little turf in one place, in the next a tuft of armeria, then mud or clay, and there—assuredly a foot had trodden.

    In the Roar of the Sea

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • The caterpillar feeds on the roots of thrift or sea-pink (Armeria vulgaris), and is full grown about June.

  • The caterpillar is said to feed on the flower heads of common Thrift (Armeria vulgaris).

    British Butterfiles

    W. S. Coleman