- any showy-flowered plant belonging to the genus Lychnis, of the pink family.
Origin of lychnis
1595–1605; < Latin < Greek lychnís red flower, akin to lýchnos lamp
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Lychnis (London Pride), scarlet; two and one-half feet; July.A Woman's Hardy Garden
Helena Rutherfurd Ely
Campion, kam′pi-un, n. the common name of plants belonging to the genera Lychnis and Silene.
The scarlet Lychnis Coronaria is said to be lighted up on his day, and was formerly called Candelabrum ingens.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
Lychnis, lik′nis, n. a genus of erect ornamental herbs of the pink family—campions or wall-flowers.
One commentator on this passage has mistaken the Lychnis flos cuculi, or cuckoo-flower for cuckoo-buds.The Ornithology of Shakespeare
James Edmund Harting
- any caryophyllaceous plant of the genus Lychnis, having red, pink, or white five-petalled flowersSee also ragged robin
C17: New Latin, via Latin, from Greek lukhnis a red flower; related to lukhnos lamp