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bu·gloss

(byo͞o′glôs′, -glŏs′)
n.
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).]

bugloss

(ˈbjuːɡlɒs)
n
(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)

n.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bugloss - perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue flowersbugloss - 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 flowersbugloss - 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
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common alkanet and common bugloss (both naming Anchusa officinalis).
FIELDS IN JUNE SUNSHINE: wandering through green lanes and along wild flower verges, stitchwort glows white alongside red campion, viper's bugloss splashes the paths with blue, butter-yellow birds-foot trefoil peeps through long grasses.
COMMON BUGLOSS (or alkanet anchusa officinalis) THE last 10 days have seen me undertake an adventurous trek - around the courtyard gardens of Marrakech, on a train past the arid plains to Tangiers, by boat to view the coast of Spain, stopping off briefly to appreciate summer in Manchester and Wicklow.
It likes to be in full sunshine but will tolerate partial shade and isn't fussy about soil - you're COMMON BUGLOSS OR ALKANET Anchusa officinalis better off not feeding it as it's used to poor soil.
linear time, while all around us were poppies, bugloss, fennel, yellow