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echium

/ ˈɛkɪəm /

noun

  1. any plant of the Eurasian and African genus Echium with bell-shaped flowers sometimes borne on single-sided spikes in a wide variety of colours; E. vulgare is viper's bugloss: family Boraginaceae


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Word History and Origins

Origin of echium1

New Latin, from Greek echion, from echis viper, from its use as an antidote to a viper bite

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Example Sentences

The first we got at Walmer was the Echium vulgare, and is always associated in my mind with his lesson.

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