- See under loosestrife(def 1).
- any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usually yellow flowers, as L. vulgaris (garden loosestrife) or L. quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife).
- any of several plants belonging to the genus Lythrum, of the loosestrife family.
Compare purple loosestrife.
Origin of loosestrife
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- any of various primulaceous plants of the genus Lysimachia, esp the yellow-flowered L. vulgaris (yellow loosestrife)See also moneywort
- purple loosestrife a purple-flowered lythraceous marsh plant, Lythrum salicaria
- any of several similar or related plants, such as the primulaceous plant Naumburgia thyrsiflora (tufted loosestrife)
C16: loose + strife, an erroneous translation of Latin lysimachia, as if from Greek lusimakhos ending strife, instead of from the name of the supposed discoverer, Lusimakhos