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  1. any showy-flowered plant belonging to the genus Lychnis, of the pink family.
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Origin of lychnis

1595–1605; < Latin < Greek lychnís red flower, akin to lýchnos lamp
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Examples from the Web for lychnis

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for lychnis


  1. any caryophyllaceous plant of the genus Lychnis, having red, pink, or white five-petalled flowersSee also ragged robin
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Word Origin

C17: New Latin, via Latin, from Greek lukhnis a red flower; related to lukhnos lamp
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