- any plant of the genus Phlox, of North America, certain species of which are cultivated for their showy flowers of various colors.Compare phlox family.
- the flower of this plant.
Origin of phlox
Examples from the Web for phlox
Tall snapdragons and lilies and sweet-williams and phlox in the garden-beds.Mary Gray
A few whiffs of the raw, strong scent of phlox invigorated her.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
To Phlox, the novelist, she was always conscientiously brilliant.The Plattner Story and Others
H. G. Wells
I have found primroses, phlox, and mertensia on the summit of Long's Peak.The Rocky Mountain Wonderland
Enos A. Mills
I have, too, some of the fine varieties of "Phlox Drummondi."A Garden with House Attached
Sarah Warner Brooks
- any polemoniaceous plant of the chiefly North American genus Phlox: cultivated for their clusters of white, red, or purple flowers
Word Origin and History for phlox
1706, from Latin, where it was the name of a flower (Pliny), from Greek phlox "kind of plant with showy flowers" (probably Silene vulgaris), literally "flame," related to phlegein "to burn" (see bleach (v.)). Applied to the North American flowering plant by German botanist Johann Jakob Dillenius (1684-1747).