prince's-feather


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prince′'s-feath′er



n.
a tall, showy plant, Amaranthus hybridus erythrostachys, of the amaranth family, having reddish foliage and thick spikes of small, red flowers.
[1620–30]
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Noun1.prince's-feather - annual with broadly ovate leaves and slender drooping spikes of crimson flowersprince's-feather - annual with broadly ovate leaves and slender drooping spikes of crimson flowers; southeastern Asia and Australia; naturalized in North America
genus Polygonum, Polygonum - diverse genus of herbs or woody subshrubs of north temperate regions
subshrub, suffrutex - low-growing woody shrub or perennial with woody base
2.prince's-feather - tall showy tropical American annual having hairy stems and long spikes of usually red flowers above leaves deeply flushed with purpleprince's-feather - tall showy tropical American annual having hairy stems and long spikes of usually red flowers above leaves deeply flushed with purple; seeds often used as cereal
amaranth - any of various plants of the genus Amaranthus having dense plumes of green or red flowers; often cultivated for food
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Each of these pretty homes had a garden in front fenced with white palings and opulently stocked with hollyhocks, marigolds, touch-me-nots, prince's-feathers, and other old-fashioned flowers; while on the windowsills of the houses stood wooden boxes containing moss rose plants and terra-cotta pots in which grew a breed of geranium whose spread of intensely red blossoms accented the prevailing pink tint of the rose-clad house-front like an explosion of flame.