Indian paintbrush

Indian paintbrush
any of several semiparasitic plants belonging to the genus Castilleja, of the figwort family, as C. linariaefolia, of the western U.S.: the state flower of Wyoming.
[1890-95, Amer.]

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Any plant of the genusCastilleja(snapdragon family), which contains about 200 species of partially or wholly parasitic wildflowers that obtain nourishment from the roots of other plants.

The small, tubular, two-lipped flowers are surrounded by brightly coloured upper leaves, giving the plant the appearance of having been dipped in a pot of red, orange, yellow, pink, or white paint.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • Indian paintbrush — noun A herbaceous perennial plant of the genus Castilleja. Webb and Veikko watched across a meadow of larkspur and Indian paintbrush, and behind them a little creek rushed down the hillside …   Wiktionary

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  • Indian paintbrush — noun Date: circa 1892 1. any of a genus (Castilleja) of herbaceous plants of the snapdragon family that have brightly colored bracts called also painted cup 2. orange hawkweed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • paintbrush — [pānt′brush΄] n. 1. a brush used for applying paint 2. a) INDIAN PAINTBRUSH b) DEVIL S PAINTBRUSH …   English World dictionary

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