Share this entry

Share this page

catananche

Line breaks: cata|nan¦che
Pronunciation: /ˌkatəˈnaŋki
 
/

Definition of catananche in English:

noun

A plant of a genus that includes cupid’s dart.
  • Genus Catananche, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • The bright blue, cornflower-like blooms of catananche appear continuously from early to late summer and are at their peak in midsummer.
  • Catananche is a genus of the botanical family Asteraceae.

Origin

from modern Latin, from Latin catanance, a plant used in love potions, from Greek katanankē, from kata- 'down' + anankē 'compulsion'.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ˈɔːθəʊɛpi
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words