Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Lysimachia, having usually yellow flowers.
  • n. Any of various plants of the genus Lythrum, having purple or white flowers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. any of several flowering plants of two different genera, Lythrum (purple loosestrife) or Lysimachia (yellow loosestrife)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name of several species of plants of the genus Lysimachia, having small star-shaped flowers, usually of a yellow color.
  • n. Any species of the genus Lythrum, having purple, or, in some species, crimson flowers.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, the English popular name of several species of plants, chiefly of the genera Lysimachia and Lythrum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of numerous herbs and subshrubs of the genus Lythrum
  • n. any of various herbs and subshrubs of the genus Lysimachia

Etymologies

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 B.C.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • The bride and bridegroom were not young, and the stiff movements with which they yet gladly led the dance, and the quiet, tired merriment of their middle-aged friends, gave the occasion a quality of its own; with which the faded purples of the loosestrife and mallows leaning out above the water on the white walls on the island were somehow in harmony.

    - Rebecca West, The Judge

    July 29, 2009