Definition of fluellen in English:

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Pronunciation: /flʊˈɛlɪn/


A small creeping Eurasian plant with yellow and purple flowers, widely occurring in cornfields.
  • Genus Kickxia, family Scrophulariaceae: two species.
Example sentences
  • The wonderfully named Venus's looking-glass, shepherd's needle, devil's curry-comb and round-leaved fluellen, have mostly been driven out.
  • Rare fluellen is allowed to flourish in the vegetable garden because it needs arable land and is losing its natural habitat.
  • With their whimsical ancient names such as corncockle, mousetail, fluellen, fumitory, downy hemp-nettle and lamb's succory, they have music as well as colour.


Mid 16th century: alteration of Welsh llysiau Llywelyn 'Llewelyn's herbs'; compare with Fluellen, used by Shakespeare to represent the Welsh name Llywelyn.

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