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Any of several usually hairy Old World plants in the family Boraginaceae, especially in the genera Anchusa, Brunnera, and Echium, having blue or violet flowers.
[Middle English buglosse, plant of the genus Anchusa, from Middle French, from Late Latin būglōssa, from Greek bouglōsson, the plant Anchusa italica : bous, ox; see gwou- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + glōssa, tongue (the plant being so called because its hairy leaves were thought to resemble the velvety tongues of cattle).]
(Plants) any of various hairy Eurasian boraginaceous plants of the genera Anchusa, Lycopsis, and Echium, esp L. arvensis, having clusters of blue flowers. See also viper's bugloss
[C15: from Latin būglōssa, from Greek bouglōssos ox-tongued, from bōs ox + glōssa tongue]
bu•gloss(ˈbyu glɒs, -glɔs)
any of various erect, bristly plants of the borage family, with small blue flowers, common in sandy soil and open fields.
[1350–1400; Middle English buglossa < Medieval Latin, for Latin būglōssos < Greek, =bou-, s. of boûs ox + -glōssos -tongued]
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|Noun||1.||bugloss - perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowers|
anchusa - any of various Old World herbs of the genus Anchusa having one-sided clusters of trumpet-shaped flowers
|2.||bugloss - widespread European weed with spiny tongue-shaped leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in United States|
genus Picris, Picris - genus of weedy Old World yellow-flowered herbs usually containing a bitter-tasting substance: bitterweed
weed - any plant that crowds out cultivated plants