candytuft

[ kan-dee-tuhft ]
/ ˈkæn diˌtʌft /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for candytuft

candytuft
/ (ˈkændɪˌtʌft) /

noun

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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