prince's-feather

[prin-siz-feth-er]
noun
  1. a tall, showy plant, Amaranthus hybridus erythrostachys, of the amaranth family, having reddish foliage and thick spikes of small, red flowers.
  2. a hairy, much-branched, plant, Polygonum orientale, of the buckwheat family, native to Asia and Australia, having pink or rose-colored flower spikes, naturalized in North America.

Origin of prince's-feather

First recorded in 1620–30
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for prince's feather

prince's feather

noun
  1. an amaranthaceous garden plant, Amaranthus hybridus hypochondriacus, with spikes of bristly brownish-red flowers
  2. a tall tropical polygonaceous plant, Polygonum orientale, with hanging spikes of pink flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012