garden loosestrife


Nearby words

  1. garden cress,
  2. garden flat,
  3. garden frame,
  4. garden grove,
  5. garden heliotrope,
  6. garden party,
  7. garden pea,
  8. garden snail,
  9. garden state,
  10. garden suburb


[ loos-strahyf ]
/ ˈlusˌstraɪf /


any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usually yellow flowers, as L. vulgaris (garden loosestrife) or L. quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife).
any of several plants belonging to the genus Lythrum, of the loosestrife family.

Origin of loosestrife

1540–50; loose (v.) + strife, mistranslation of Latin lȳsimachīa (< Greek lȳsimáchei(os) + -a feminine noun suffix; see lysi-, -machy), plant said to be named after a certain Lysímachos; see -ia Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for garden loosestrife


/ (ˈluːsˌstraɪf) /


any of various primulaceous plants of the genus Lysimachia, esp the yellow-flowered L. vulgaris (yellow loosestrife)See also moneywort
purple loosestrife a purple-flowered lythraceous marsh plant, Lythrum salicaria
any of several similar or related plants, such as the primulaceous plant Naumburgia thyrsiflora (tufted loosestrife)

Word Origin for loosestrife

C16: loose + strife, an erroneous translation of Latin lysimachia, as if from Greek lusimakhos ending strife, instead of from the name of the supposed discoverer, Lusimakhos

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