Loosestrife meaning

lo͝os'strīf'
Any of various plants of the genus Lythrum, having spikes of purple or white flowers, especially the purple loosestrife.
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Any of various perennial plants of the genus Lysimachia, having usually yellow flowers.
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Any of a genus (Lysimachia) of plants of the primrose family, with leafy stems and loose spikes of white, rose, or yellow flowers.
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Any of a genus (Lythrum) of plants of the loosestrife family, esp. purple loosestrife (L. salicaria) with spikes of purple flowers.
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Designating a family (Lythraceae, order Myrtales) of chiefly tropical dicotyledonous plants, including henna.
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Any of certain flowering plants of the genera Lythrum and Lysimachia, which are not closely related.
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Origin of loosestrife

  • Mistranslation of Latin lȳsimachīa (as if from Greek lusis loosening) (Greek makhē battle) from Greek lūsimakheios perhaps after Lūsimakhos , Lysimachos, Greek physician of the fifth or fourth century bc
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition