pasqueflower

[ pask-flou-er ]
/ ˈpæskˌflaʊ ər /

noun

an Old World plant, Anemone pulsatilla, of the buttercup family, having purple, crocuslike flowers blooming about Easter.
a related plant, A. patens, having similar flowers: the state flower of South Dakota.

Nearby words

  1. pasok,
  2. pasolini,
  3. pasolini, pier paolo,
  4. paspalum,
  5. pasquale,
  6. pasquil,
  7. pasquinade,
  8. pasquinian,
  9. pass,
  10. pass away

Origin of pasqueflower

Pasque (variant spelling of Pasch) + flower (so named by the herbalist Gerarde in 1597); replacing passeflower < Middle French passefleur; see pass

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British Dictionary definitions for pasqueflower

pasqueflower

/ (ˈpɑːskˌflaʊə, ˈpæsk-) /

noun

a purple-flowered herbaceous ranunculaceous plant, Anemone pulsatilla (or Pulsatilla vulgaris), of N and Central Europe and W Asia
any of several related North American plants, such as A. patens
Symbol: paschal flower, pulsatilla

Word Origin for pasqueflower

C16: from French passefleur, from passer to excel + fleur flower; changed to pasqueflower Easter flower, because it blooms at Easter

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