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1. Any of various plants of the genus Lythrum, having spikes of purple or white flowers, especially the purple loosestrife.
2. Any of various perennial plants of the genus Lysimachia, having usually yellow flowers.

[Mistranslation of Latin lȳsimachīa (as if from Greek lusis, loosening + Greek makhē, battle), from Greek lūsimakheios, perhaps after Lūsimakhos, Lysimachos, Greek physician of the fifth or fourth century bc.]
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1. (Plants) any of various primulaceous plants of the genus Lysimachia, esp the yellow-flowered L. vulgaris (yellow loosestrife). See also moneywort
2. (Plants) purple loosestrife a purple-flowered lythraceous marsh plant, Lythrum salicaria
3. (Plants) any of several similar or related plants, such as the primulaceous plant Naumburgia thyrsiflora (tufted loosestrife)
[C16: loose + strife, an erroneous translation of Latin lysimachia, as if from Greek lusimakhos ending strife, instead of from the name of the supposed discoverer, Lusimakhos]
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1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usu. yellow flowers.
2. any of several plants belonging to the genus Lythrum, of the loosestrife family. Compare purple loosestrife.
[1540–50; translation of Latin lȳsimachīa < Greek lȳsimácheios, allegedly after a certain Lysímachos]
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Noun1.loosestrife - any of numerous herbs and subshrubs of the genus Lythrumloosestrife - any of numerous herbs and subshrubs of the genus Lythrum
genus Lythrum, Lythrum - loosestrife
Lythrum salicaria, purple loosestrife, spiked loosestrife - marsh herb with a long spike of purple flowers; originally of Europe but now rampant in eastern United States
grass poly, hyssop loosestrife, Lythrum hyssopifolia - annual with small solitary pink flowers; originally of Europe but widely naturalized in moist areas
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
2.loosestrife - any of various herbs and subshrubs of the genus Lysimachia
genus Lysimachia, Lysimachia - loosestrife: a cosmopolitan genus found in damp or swampy terrain having usually yellow flowers; inclined to be invasive
gooseneck loosestrife, Lysimachia clethroides Duby - a variety of the loosestrife herb
Lysimachia nemorum, yellow pimpernel - trailing European evergreen with yellow flowers
garden loosestrife, Lysimachia vulgaris, yellow loosestrife - frequently considered a weed; Europe and Asia
Lysimachia terrestris, swamp candles - North American plant with spikes of yellow flowers, found in wet places
Lysimachia quadrifolia, whorled loosestrife - common North American yellow-flowered plant
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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Today, interest groups such as Ducks Unlimited and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, in co-operation with some scientists, have launched a public campaign against purple loosestrife, labelling it "watershed enemy number one."
Or larkspur, lily, loosestrife In this one, found In our wind-fallen garden, Where each word is a further province.
The major plants used in the raceways were black willow, pussy willow, duckweed, umbrella plant, dwarf cypress, water willow, purple loosestrife, and eucalyptus.
The herb 'purple loosestrife' made J Hool popular in the then-Lancashire industrial town during Victorian times.
Wrth gerdded drwy'r gors, roedd blodau fel llysiau'r milwr coch (Lythrumsalicaria; 'purple loosestrife') yn tyfu'n dalsyth fel canhwyllau bychain coch rhwng y blodau eraill.
Pretty, indeed - but it turned out this was actually purple loosestrife, an invasive species that threatens native plants and, consequently, the wildlife that depend on those plants.
In its native Europe, purple loosestrife provides food for many kinds of insects.
"Woad, which is more common in the east of England, is one of 28 plants across the world which produces the same chemical which gives us blue, while purple loosestrife makes grey, which can be used for ink and tickweed gives burnt orange.
There are plenty of beautiful plants that do not do well in open water, but thrive in a bog garden, for example purple loosestrife, marsh marigold and water mint.
Roedd llysiau'r milwr coch (Lythrum salicaria, 'purple loosestrife') fel canhwyllau bychain coch rhwng y blodau eraill.