Definition of lychnis in English:

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lychnis

Pronunciation: /ˈliknis/

noun

A plant of a genus that includes the campions and a number of cultivated ornamental flowers.
  • Genus Lychnis, family Caryophyllaceae
Example sentences
  • When summer-flowering perennials such as bellflowers, geraniums, lychnis, Shasta daisies, and spiderworts finish blooming and start to look tattered, cut back their stems to the rosette of new foliage.
  • Plants chosen for drought tolerance as well as color thrive here, including catmint (Nepeta ‘Blue Wonder’), ceanothus, lychnis, penstemon, purple coneflower, rockrose, rosemary, and star jasmine.
  • Conversely other plants, such as Petunia, Lychnis and Gazania, need light.

Origin

Modern Latin, via Latin from Greek lukhnis, denoting a red flower, from lukhnos 'lamp'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: lych·nis

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