Definition of bugloss in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbyo͞oɡläs/


A bristly plant of the borage family, with bright blue flowers.
  • Anchusa, Lycopsis, and other genera, family Boraginaceae: several species, including the small bugloss (L. arvensis) and the widespread viper’s bugloss.
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  • Flowers range from peonies, delphiniums, various brooms and gorses, mallows, asters and periwinkle through to buglosses, mandrake, daises, narcissi, irises and orchids.
  • Viper's bugloss was introduced from Europe in colonial times.
  • Common bugloss has fleshy, hairy leaves that grow smaller in size towards the top of the stem.


Late Middle English: from Old French buglosse or Latin buglossus, from Greek bouglōssos 'ox-tongued', from bous 'ox' + glōssa 'tongue'.

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Syllabification: bu·gloss

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