noun a waterside plant with a tall upright spike of flowers. [Lythrum salicaria (purple loosestrife), Lysimachia vulgaris (yellow loosestrife), and related plants.]
C16: from loose + strife, taking the Gk name lusimakheion (actually from Lusimakhos, the name of its discoverer) to be directly from luein 'undo' + makhē 'battle'.

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  • Loosestrife — Loose strife (l[=oo]s str[imac]f ), n. (Bot.) (a) The name of several species of plants of the genus {Lysimachia}, having small star shaped flowers, usually of a yellow color. (b) Any species of the genus {Lythrum}, having purple, or, in some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loosestrife — [lo͞os′strīf΄] n. [ LOOSE, v. + STRIFE: used as transl. of L lysimachia < Gr lysimacheios, understood as “ending strife” < lyein, to loosen, solve (see LYSIS) + machē, battle: from its assumed soothing properties, but prob. after Lysimachia …   English World dictionary

  • loosestrife — /loohs struyf /, n. 1. any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usually yellow flowers, as L. vulgaris (garden loosestrife) or L. quadrifolia (whorled loosestrife). 2. any of several… …   Universalium

  • loosestrife — noun Etymology: intended as translation of Greek lysimacheios loosestrife (as if from lysis act of loosing + machesthai to fight) more at lysis Date: 1548 1. any of a genus (Lysimachia) of plants of the primrose family with leafy stems and… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • loosestrife — noun any of several flowering plants of two different genera, Lythrum (purple loosestrife) or Lysimachia (yellow loosestrife) He had a suit of summer mufti, and a broad brimmed blue beaver hat looped with leaves broken from the hedgerows in the… …   Wiktionary

  • loosestrife — loose•strife [[t]ˈlusˌstraɪf[/t]] n. 1) pln any of various plants belonging to the genus Lysimachia, of the primrose family, having clusters of usu. yellow flowers 2) pln any of several plants belonging to the genus Lythrum, of the loosestrife… …   From formal English to slang

  • loosestrife — /ˈlusstraɪf/ (say loohsstruyf) noun 1. any of various leafy stemmed herbs of the genus Lysimachia, as yellow loosestrife L. vulgaris, a common yellow flowered species. 2. any of various herbaceous plants of the genus Lythrum, as purple… …  

  • loosestrife — n. 1 any marsh plant of the genus Lysimachia, esp. the golden or yellow loosestrife, L. vulgaris. 2 any plant of the genus Lythrum, esp. the purple loosestrife L. salicaria, with racemes of star shaped purple flowers. Etymology: LOOSE + STRIFE,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • loosestrife — paprastoji šilingė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Raktažolinių šeimos dažinis, vaistinis augalas (Lysimachia vulgaris), paplitęs Europoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Lysimachia vulgaris angl. loosestrife; willowweed; willowwort šaltinis… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

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