Definition of love-lies-bleeding in English:

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love-lies-bleeding

Pronunciation: /ˌləvˌlīzˈblēdiNG/

noun

A South American plant with long, drooping tassels of crimson flowers. Cultivated today as an ornamental, it was formerly an important cereal-type crop in the Andes.
  • Amaranthus caudatus, family Amaranthaceae.
Example sentences
  • Here a bouquet of dahlias, astilbe, and love-lies-bleeding is tucked into a wire basket embellished with supermarket rhubarb.
  • Vernacular names such as love-lies-bleeding and florimer (flor-amor) reflect this misunderstanding.
  • The dark red Amaranthus caudatus is commonly called 'love-lies-bleeding'.

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Syllabification: love-lies-bleed·ing

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