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candytuft

[ kan-dee-tuhft ]

noun

  1. a plant of the genus Iberis, of the mustard family, especially I. umbellata, an ornamental plant with tufted pink, violet, purple, or red flowers, originally from the island of Crete.


candytuft

/ ˈkændɪˌtʌft /

noun

  1. either of two species of Iberis grown as annual garden plants for their umbels ("tufts") of white, red, or purplish flowers See iberis


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Word History and Origins

Origin of candytuft1

1570–80; Candy (variant of Candia ) + tuft
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Word History and Origins

Origin of candytuft1

C17: from Candy, obsolete variant of Candia (Crete) + tuft
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Example Sentences

In using Candytuft for edging, set the plants about a foot apart.

One of our best flowering plants for edging purposes is Candytuft.

Sow in front of the Cornflowers, at the same time, a row of white Candytuft, of the Empress variety.

(alluding to Monica, for whose hand Candytuft was about to ask).

Another snowy white flower is the perennial candytuft, Iberis.

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