loosestrife

[ loos-strahyf ]
/ ˈlusˌstraɪf /

noun

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.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for loosestrife

loosestrife
/ (ˈluːsˌstraɪf) /

noun

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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