- any of various Old World, boraginaceous herbs, as Anchusa officinalis, having rough leaves, used in medicine, and Lycopsis arvensis, a bristly, blue-flowered herb.
Origin of bugloss
1350–1400; Middle English buglossa < Medieval Latin, for Latin būglōssos < Greek, equivalent to bou-, stem of boûs ox + -glōssos -tongued, adj. derivative of glôssa tongue
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Examples from the Web for bugloss
The leaves of the Viper's Bugloss are rough and hairy, with smooth edges.
The bugloss belongs to what may be called beautiful weeds, despite its rough and bristly stalk.A Year in the Fields
I have seen the Viper's Bugloss often since that day on the railroad train, now that I know it, and think of it.Old-Time Gardens
Alice Morse Earle
The Viper's Bugloss is a stout, upright plant, with a curious pale green hairy stem, which is dotted all over with red spots.
The first thing you will notice about the Viper's Bugloss is the way the rows of flower-buds curl like a scorpion.
- any of various hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plants of the genera Anchusa, Lycopsis, and Echium, esp L. arvensis, having clusters of blue flowersSee also viper's bugloss
C15: from Latin būglōssa, from Greek bouglōssos ox-tongued, from bōs ox + glōssa tongue
Word Origin and History for bugloss
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