[ fur-bish ]
/ ˈfɜr bɪʃ /
See under lousewort.
Origin of Furbish lousewort
1975–80; after Kate Furbish (1834–1931), U.S. botanist, its discoverer
Definition for furbish lousewort (2 of 2)
[ lous-wurt, -wawrt ]
/ ˈlaʊsˌwɜrt, -ˌwɔrt /
any plant belonging to the genus Pedicularis, of the figwort family, as the wood betony, formerly supposed to cause lice in sheep feeding on it: one species, P. furbishiae (Furbish lousewort), of parts of Maine and New Brunswick, Canada, having finely toothed leaves and a cluster of yellow flowers, is endangered and was thought to be extinct until specimens were discovered in 1946 and again in 1976.
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British Dictionary definitions for furbish lousewort
/ (ˈlaʊsˌwɜːt) /
any of various N temperate scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Pedicularis, having spikes of white, yellow, or mauve flowersSee also betony (def. 3)
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