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moonflower

[ moon-flou-er ]

noun

  1. a plant, Ipomoea alba, of the morning glory family, having fragrant white flowers that bloom at night.


moonflower

/ ˈmuːnˌflaʊə /

noun

  1. any of several night-blooming convolvulaceous plants, esp the white-flowered Calonyction (or Ipomoea ) aculeatum
  2. Also calledangels' tears a Mexican solanaceous plant, Datura suaveolens, planted in the tropics for its white night-blooming flowers


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Word History and Origins

Origin of moonflower1

First recorded in 1780–90; moon + flower

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Example Sentences

The Moonflower Vineby Jetta Carleton A rediscovered gem reminiscent of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Jetta Carleton published one book in her life— The Moonflower Vine in 1963—and when she died in 1999, it was mostly forgotten.

The seeds of the Moonflower must be soaked in hot water, and left over night, before sowing.

The digging began at the fence and reached the moonflower, whose roots were indeed deep.

The table happened to be set down just over the hole that had held the roots of the moonflower.

This latter I managed to do by asking him how it chanced that the Moonflower was allowed to sport a star on her funnel.

She explained to Norah that she was pretending that she was a moonflower swaying in the wind.

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