Definition of Dutchman's breeches in English:

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Dutchman's breeches


chiefly North American
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A plant related to bleeding heart, but typically having pale yellow flowers.
  • Genus Dicentra, family Fumariaceae: several species, in particular D. spectabilis
Example sentences
  • This triggers the appearance of a number of wildflowers: trillium, phlox, trout lily, Dutchman's breeches, violets, wild strawberries and many more.
  • Many of our loveliest spring wildflowers - trillium, wild ginger, Dutchman's breeches, and hepatica among them - simply can't compete.
  • Among them are Dutchman's breeches, spring-beauty, and various species of toothwort, trillium, and violet.


Mid 19th century: so named because of the shape of the spurred flower.

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