Definition of Michaelmas daisy in English:

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Michaelmas daisy

Pronunciation: /ˈmikəlməs ˌdāzē/

noun

chiefly British
An aster, especially Aster novae-belgii, a North American aster with numerous pinkish-lilac daisylike flowers that bloom around Michaelmas.
Example sentences
  • A daisy is the day's eye, and an ox-eye is a type of chrysanthemum that looks like a daisy, although confusingly the Michaelmas daisy is an aster, because it resembles a star.
  • Flowers of Michaelmas daisy (A. novi-belgii) come mostly in shades of blue; ‘Climax’ has true blue flowers.
  • Flat topped flowerheads like achillea and open daisy-like flowers such as Michaelmas daisies are particularly attractive to insects and butterflies as they are very visible and accessible.

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Syllabification: Mich·ael·mas dai·sy

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