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  1. any plant of the large perennial genus Silene, with mostly red or pink flowers; many, esp S. or Agrostemma coeli-rosa, are grown as garden plants: family CarophyllaceaeSee also campion
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Word Origin

New Latin from Latin silenus viscaria
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  • One of the best cheap bedders is Pink Catchfly (Silene pendula).

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    Juliana Horatia Ewing

  • We found a new species of floweret of the genus Silene, but unknown to us.

  • At last the insect wearies and leaves the Mantis hanging to the Silene.

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    J. Henri Fabre

  • Unguiculate (clawed) petal of a Silene; with a two-parted crown.

  • The corolla shows greater decrease in size in Melandryum and Silene, in diffuse light, though the relative form is maintained.