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 phloxLatin, a kind of flame-colored flower, from Greek, flame, wallflower; see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots.