any plant of the genus Phlox, of North America, certain species of which are cultivated for their showy flowers of various colors.
the flower of this plant.
noun (pl) phlox, phloxes
any polemoniaceous plant of the chiefly North American genus Phlox: cultivated for their clusters of white, red, or purple flowers
1706, from Latin, where it was the name of a flower (Pliny), from Greek phlox “kind of plant with showy flowers” (probably Silene vulgaris), literally “flame,” related to phlegein “to burn” (see bleach (v.)). Applied to the North American flowering plant by German botanist Johann Jakob Dillenius (1684-1747).
noun 1. the plant family Polemoniaceae, characterized by herbaceous or sometimes shrubby plants having simple or compound leaves, flowers with a five-lobed corolla, and capsular fruit, and including gilia, Jacob’s-ladder, moss pink, and phlox.
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[flik-tee-nuh] /flɪkˈti nə/ noun, plural phlyctenae [flik-tee-nee] /flɪkˈti ni/ (Show IPA). Pathology. 1. a small vesicle, blister, or pustule. /flɪkˈtiːnə/ noun (pl) -nae (-niː) 1. (pathol) a small blister, vesicle, or pustule phlyctena phlyc·te·na or phlyc·tae·na (flĭk-tē’nə) n. pl. phlyc·te·nae (-nē) A small blister or vesicle, especially one of multiple blisters caused by a mild […]