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
A beautiful example is purple loosestrife, which is good looking but an invasive species here.
I mean, it's great that the wolf and deer population would boom, but wouldn't the purple loosestrife boom too?
It's a soggy meadow dominated by mosses and plants such as skunk cabbage and Purple loosestrife.
Of course the silver flowery embroidery of her dress mingles with the stream and connects with the sprays of white dog rose above; and the purple loosestrife on the bank calls out to the poppies, violets and daisies of her bouquet now scattered on the water.
One way to understand Susan Pivar's article is that she's describing how the consequences of letting retailers use recorded music as a loss leader reduced the once-complex ecology of the music business to Bermuda grass, kudzu, purple loosestrife, Ailanthus altissimus, cockroaches, pigeons, and albino sewer alligators.
If you look at it solely in terms of transactions, you'll see that someone who wants purple loosestrife and cockroaches for dinner can get them.
Teresa: ...how the consequences of letting retailers use recorded music as a loss leader reduced the once-complex ecology of the music business to Bermuda grass, kudzu, purple loosestrife, Ailanthus altissimus, cockroaches, pigeons, and albino sewer alligators.
“Hello there,” said the girl, offering Cadal Forge the loosestrife.
In her right hand she held a bunch of purple loosestrife, still dripping wet; on her left wrist perched a small bright-eyed falcon.
I have grown yellow loosestrife, which apparently is not related, in my garden.