devil's-bit

[ dev-uh lz-bit ]
/ ˈdɛv əlzˌbɪt /

noun

an eastern North American plant, Chamaelirium luteum, of the lily family, having a dense, drooping spike of small white flowers.

Nearby words

  1. devil's grip,
  2. devil's island,
  3. devil's mark,
  4. devil's paintbrush,
  5. devil's triangle,
  6. devil's-club,
  7. devil's-paintbrush,
  8. devil's-tongue,
  9. devil's-walking-stick,
  10. devil-may-care

Origin of devil's-bit

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50

Also called fairy wand.

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British Dictionary definitions for devil's bit

devil's bit

noun

devil's bit scabiousSee scabious 2 (def. 3)
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