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cheiranthus


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Wallflower  \Wall"flow`er\,  n. 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  perennial,  cruciferous  plant  ({Cheiranthus 
  Cheiri}),  with  sweet-scented  flowers  varying  in  color  from 
  yellow  to  orange  and  deep  red.  In  Europe  it  very  common  on 
  old  walls. 
 
  Note:  The  name  is  sometimes  extended  to  other  species  of 
  {Cheiranthus}  and  of  the  related  genus  {Erysimum}, 
  especially  the  American  {Western  wallflower}  ({Erysimum 
  asperum}),  a  biennial  herb  with  orange-yellow  flowers. 
 
  2.  A  lady  at  a  ball,  who  either  from  choice,  or  because  not 
  asked  to  dance,  remains  a  spectator.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Cheiranthus 
  n  :  Old  World  perennial  plants  grown  for  their  showy  flowers 
  [syn:  {Cheiranthus},  {genus  Cheiranthus}] 




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