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Any of various plants of the genus Lychnis of the pink family, including cultivated species such as the rose campion.

[New Latin Lychnis, genus name, from Latin lychnis, a red flower, from Greek lukhnis; akin to lukhnos, lamp; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]


(Plants) any caryophyllaceous plant of the genus Lychnis, having red, pink, or white five-petalled flowers. See also ragged robin
[C17: New Latin, via Latin, from Greek lukhnis a red flower; related to lukhnos lamp]


(ˈlɪk nɪs)

any showy-flowered plant of the genus Lychnis, of the pink family.
[1595–1605; < Latin < Greek lychnís red flower]
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Noun1.lychnis - mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insectslychnis - mostly perennial herbs with sticky stems that catch insects; widespread in north temperate zone
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Lychnis - genus of plants strongly resembling those of genus Silene: catchfly
Lychins floscuculi, Lychnis flos-cuculi, ragged robin, cuckoo flower - common perennial native to Europe and western Asia having usually pink flowers with ragged petals
Lychins chalcedonica, maltese cross, scarlet lychnis - Eurasian garden perennial having scarlet flowers in dense terminal heads
gardener's delight, Lychnis coronaria, mullein pink, rose campion, dusty miller - an old cottage garden plant of southeastern Europe widely cultivated for its attractive white woolly foliage and showy crimson flowers
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On the moors around Alston, where lead mining has released heavy metals into the soil, plants like spring sandwort and alpine pennycress, which can tolerate toxicity, have become established, while a site near Keswick is the only English location for the alpine catchfly plant.