any of a genus (Phlox) of chiefly North American plants of the phlox family with opposite leaves and white, pink, red, or bluish flowers
Origin of phloxModern Latin from L, flower, flame from Gr, wallflower, literally , flame from phlegein, to burn: for Indo-European base see black
designating a family (Polemoniaceae, order Solanales) of dicotyledonous plants, including Jacob's ladder
nounpl. phlox, or phlox·es
Any of various North American plants of the genus Phlox, having opposite leaves and flowers with a variously colored salverform corolla.
Origin of phloxNew Latin Phlox genus name, coined by Carolus Linnaeus from Latin phlox a kind of plant bearing showy, odorless flowers from Greek flame, wallflower (wallflowers being so called because of their flamelike color) ; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.