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lungwort

Syllabification: lung·wort
Pronunciation: /ˈləNGˌwərt, -ˌwôrt
 
 
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Definition of lungwort in English:

noun

A bristly herbaceous European plant of the borage family, typically having white-spotted leaves and pink flowers that turn blue as they age.
[so named because the leaves were said to have the appearance of a diseased lung]
  • Genus Pulmonaria, family Boraginaceae: several species, in particular P. officinalis
Example sentences
  • For a sophisticated color combo, consider blue lungwort, so named because it was once thought to have medicinal qualities related to the lungs, and the later-flowering pale yellow Narcissus ‘Jenny’.
  • While exploring the woods near his home, he came across a forest meadow erupting in purple pasqueflowers, blue lungworts, yellow anemones and white corydalis.
  • Flowering bulbs such as hyacinths, daffodils, crocuses, and tulips, along with hellebores, lungworts, and heathers carpet the ground beneath.

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