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Any of various plants of the genus Commelina having delicate blue or purplish flowers that bloom for less than a day.


(Plants) any of various tropical and subtropical plants of the genus Commelina, having jointed creeping stems, narrow pointed leaves, and blue or purplish flowers which wilt quickly: family Commelinaceae


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any of various plants of the genus Commelina, of the spiderwort family, usu. bearing clusters of small blue flowers that open only during the day.
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Noun1.dayflower - any plant of the family Commelinaceaedayflower - any plant of the family Commelinaceae
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
Commelinaceae, family Commelinaceae, spiderwort family - large widely distributed family of chiefly perennial herbs or climbers: spiderworts
Paradisea liliastrum, St.-Bruno's-lily - a variety of spiderwort
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