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  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.
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Origin of candytuft

1570–80; Candy (variant of Candia) + tuft
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Examples from the Web for candytuft

Historical Examples

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

    Amateur Gardencraft

    Eben E. Rexford

  • I would have forsworn to any extent, when I saw you among the candytuft.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Richard Doddridge Blackmore

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

  • Ageratum, candytuft and dwarf nasturtiums are good for the purpose.

  • The alyssum and candytuft came out, and the house was sweet with tuberoses.

British Dictionary definitions for candytuft


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

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