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monkey flower

noun

  1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Mimulus, of the figwort family, as M. cardinalis scarlet monkey flower, having spotted flowers that resemble a face.


monkey flower

noun

  1. any of various scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Mimulus, cultivated for their yellow or red flowers See also musk


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Word History and Origins

Origin of monkey flower1

First recorded in 1780–90
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Example Sentences

Under foot were white violets and wee, monkey-faced mimulus, with occasionally a rare scarlet monkey-flower.

The rose-purple monkey-flower is very common and conspicuous in the lower meadows, along the streams.

Higher up, large meadow areas are arrayed in bright yellow by the alpine monkey-flower.

The bright canary-colored blossoms of the common monkey-flower are a familiar sight upon almost every stream-bank.

The leaves are quite unlike those of the Common Yellow Monkey-flower.

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