Definition of loosestrife in English:

loosestrife

Syllabification: loose·strife
Pronunciation: /ˈlo͞o(s)strīf
 
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noun

Any of various tall plants that bear upright spikes of flowers.
More example sentences
  • Purple loosestrife can grow to 3-9 feet tall with several, square stalks per plant.
  • Wildflowers here include water parsnip, fringed loosestrife, and hedge nettle.
  • Purple loosestrife will grow vigorously and clog irrigation canals, ditches, stream banks and reservoirs, resulting in less water available for crop production and recreation.

Origin

mid 16th century: from loose + strife, taking the Greek name lusimakheion (actually from Lusimakhos, the name of its discoverer) to be directly from luein 'undo' + makhē 'battle'.

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