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Any of several plants of the genus Pulsatilla (or Anemone) of the buttercup family, having large blue, purple, or white flowers and feathery plumed seeds.
[Alteration (influenced by pasque, Easter, from their flowering in April) of obsolete passeflower, from French passefleur : passer, to pass; see pass + fleur, flower; see flower.]
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nSymbol: paschal flower or pulsatilla
1. (Plants) a purple-flowered herbaceous ranunculaceous plant, Anemone pulsatilla (or Pulsatilla vulgaris), of N and Central Europe and W Asia
2. (Plants) any of several related North American plants, such as A. patens
[C16: from French passefleur, from passer to excel + fleur flower; changed to pasqueflower Easter flower, because it blooms at Easter]
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any of several plants of the genus Anemone, of the buttercup family, esp. A. patens, having purple, crocuslike flowers.
[Pasque (variant sp. of Pasch) + flower (so named by the herbalist Gerarde in 1597); replacing passeflower < Middle French passefleur; see pass]
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|Noun||1.||pasqueflower - any plant of the genus Pulsatilla; sometimes included in genus Anemone|
genus Pulsatilla, Pulsatilla - includes a group of plants that in some classifications are included in the genus Anemone: pasqueflowers
American pasqueflower, American pulsatilla, Anemone ludoviciana, blue tulip, Eastern pasque flower, lion's beard, prairie anemone, Pulsatilla patens, wild crocus - short hairy perennial with early spring blue-violet or lilac flowers; North America and Siberia
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