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  1. any plant of the large taxonomically complicated American genus Oenothera, typically having yellow flowers that open in the evening: family OnagraceaeSee evening primrose
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Word Origin

C20: from Greek oinothēras, ?from onothēras a plant whose roots smell of wine
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Examples from the Web for oenothera

Historical Examples

  • The European types of Oenothera biennis and O. muricata are in the same condition.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • MacDougal also obtained a more or less distinct mutant of Oenothera biennis.

    Darwin and Modern Science

    A.C. Seward and Others

  • Oenothera biennis has been seen bearing flowers of three different colours.