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.

Origin of candytuft

1570–80; Candy (variant of Candia) + tuft
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candytuft

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

Word Origin for candytuft

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