[ tohd-flaks ]
/ ˈtoʊdˌflæks /


a common European plant, Linaria vulgaris, of the figwort family, having narrow leaves and showy yellow-and-orange flowers, naturalized as a weed in the U.S.
any plant of the same genus.

Origin of toadflax

First recorded in 1570–80; toad + flax Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for toadflax

  • Strong woody knapweed endures it, so does toadflax and pale blue scabious, and wild mignonette.

    The Pageant of Summer|Richard Jefferies
  • The stems of the Red Valerian are tall and upright; those of the Toadflax are slender and drooping.

    Wildflowers of the Farm|Arthur Owens Cooke

British Dictionary definitions for toadflax

/ (ˈtəʊdˌflæks) /


any of various scrophulariaceous plants of the genus Linaria, esp L. vulgaris, having narrow leaves and spurred two-lipped yellow-orange flowersAlso called: butter-and-eggs
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