from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A perennial herb (Epilobium spicatum) with narrow willowlike leaves and showy rose-purple flowers. The name is sometimes made to include other species of the same genus.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Epilobium, so named from the willow-like leaves of E. angustifolium, the great willow-herb.
- n. See Lythrum.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a plant of the genus Epilobium having pink or yellow flowers and seeds with silky hairs
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Then my quarry settled on a down-covered stem, deep inside the willow-herb thicket.
Now is the time for the towering spikes of purple foxgloves and pink rosebay willow-herb.
• If any poet deserves to have his statue in a railway station, I feel that Edward Thomas does in Adlestrop Editorial, 28 January, except that no doubt willow-herb and grass and meadowsweet have long ago completely taken over.
And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and the willow-herb straggled over the heaps of rubble; and the places where the bombs had cleared a larger patch and there had sprung up sordid colonies of wooden dwellings like chicken-houses?
Rosebay willow-herb (Epilobium angustifolium) (another Ninja)
And up he went through the transfigured tangles of the willow-herb and the uncut seeding grass of the farther bank.
It was the end one of a Victorian terrace, a bit like the flat, with a small yard in front overgrown with willow-herb and brambles, transferred from the park via the alimentary canals of the local pigeons.
The back garden was a single, small bomb-crater; heaped clay, statuary and the bricks and glass of ruined greenhouses; dry stalks of willow-herb stood breast high over the mounds.
Once they sought coolness and secrecy among the high cow-parsley and willow-herb of the waste building sites.
Vegetables and fruit-trees were flanked by herbaceous borders running down to a tarred fence at the end, where a curtain of giant convolvulus, drooping over a mass of mallow and foxglove, borage and rosebay willow-herb, suggested that Miss Barnslow had not yet got round to the task of civilizing this corner of the estate.