EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun 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 Historical Examples of bugloss
The leaves of the Viper's
Bugloss are rough and hairy, with smooth edges.
bugloss belongs to what may be called beautiful weeds, despite its rough and bristly stalk.
I have seen the Viper's
Bugloss often since that day on the railroad train, now that I know it, and think of it.
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. British Dictionary definitions for bugloss noun any of various hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plants of the genera Anchusa, Lycopsis, and Echium, esp L. arvensis, having clusters of blue flowers See also viper's bugloss Word Origin for bugloss
C15: from Latin
būglōssa, from Greek bouglōssos ox-tongued, from bōs ox + glōssa tongue
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Word Origin and History for bugloss n.
1530s, from French
buglosse, from Latin buglossa, from Greek bouglossos, literally "ox-tongued," from bous "ox" (see cow (n.)) + glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)) . So called from the shape of its leaves.
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