- any of several plants belonging to the genus Lamium, of the mint family, some species of which have whitish or variegated leaves and are cultivated as ornamentals or ground cover.
Origin of lamium
< New Latin (Linnaeus); Late Latin (Pliny): dead nettle, perhaps derivative of lamia lamia
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Examples from the Web for lamium
Tufts of Lamium rhomboideum grew among the loose shingle, but no other plant seemed to vegetate in such an ungenial soil.Western Himalaya and Tibet
The dead nettle (Lamium) (Fig. 120, A) is a thoroughly typical example.Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany
Douglas Houghton Campbell
Astragalus is common on the borders of the fields, and in some of them Ervum, Lamium and Vicia.
Our common henbit dead-nettle (Lamium amplexicaule) produces cleistogamic flowers, as do also some orchids.Darwinism (1889)
Alfred Russel Wallace
A very instructive case was noticed by one of us in Lamium galeobdolon, or yellow Archangel.Colouration in Animals and Plants