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[ley-mee-uh m]
  1. 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.
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Origin of lamium

< New Latin (Linnaeus); Late Latin (Pliny): dead nettle, perhaps derivative of lamia lamia
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Historical Examples

  • 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

    Thomas Thomson

  • The dead nettle (Lamium) (Fig. 120, A) is a thoroughly typical example.

  • 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.