Share this entry

Share this page

beardtongue

Syllabification: beard·tongue
Pronunciation: /ˈbi(ə)rdˌtəNG
 
/

Definition of beardtongue in English:

noun

A North American plant of the figwort family with showy, five-lobed flowers. Each blossom has a tuft of hair on one of its stamens.
  • Genus Penstemon, family Scrophulariaceae: several species, including hairy beardtongue (P. hirsutus) and the widespread foxglove beardtongue (P. digitalis)
Example sentences
  • A variety of prairie fauna can also be found and some include the wild onion, milkweed, beardtongue, and the prairie rose.
  • Penstemons are sometimes commonly called beardtongues because the sterile stamen has a tuft of small hairs.
  • The Penstemon Website is a great place to go if you're interested in beardtongues either for enjoyment or gardening.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day ingratiate
Pronunciation: ɪnˈɡreɪʃɪeɪt
verb
bring oneself into favour with someone through flattery…