any of several semiparasitic plants of the genus Castilleja, of the figwort family, having highly colored dilated bracts about the flowers.
- Also called paintbrush.
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How to use painted cup in a sentence
I sat at the head of the last table, drank yellow wine out of a painted cup and ate half a swine all by myself.The Russian Grandmother's Wonder Tales | Louise Seymour Houghton
For who e'er drank without alloy, From the painted cup of joy?Withered Leaves from Memory's Garland | Abigail Stanley Hanna
The bright flame of the painted cup and the purple of the asters still lighted up the aisles of the pines in sheltered places.The Spirit of Sweetwater | Hamlin Garland
Red Feather is also good but painted cup is rather poor, as there is nothing cup-like about the flower.Field Book of Western Wild Flowers | Margaret Armstrong
She drinks out of a painted cup of birch-bark, and neither more nor less than the quantity it holds.Balder The Beautiful, Vol. I. | Sir James George Frazer