Definition of cranesbill in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkreɪnzbɪl/


A herbaceous plant which typically has lobed leaves and purple, violet, or pink five-petalled flowers.
  • Genus Geranium, family Geraniaceae: several species, including the common bluish-purple flowered meadow cranesbill (G. pratense).
Example sentences
  • If you lack the time or expertise to plant your own cranesbills, lay a bluestone walk, or install terraces.
  • There are millions upon millions of ruby bloody cranesbills.
  • He's counted 16 species of the ‘prettier’ wildflowers, including cranesbill, figwort and dog rose.


Mid 16th century: so named because of the long spur on the fruit, thought to resemble a crane's beak.

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