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Meaning of WALLFLOWER

Pronunciation:  'wol`flawur

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  remains on sidelines at social event
  2. [n]  perennial of southern Europe having clusters of fragrant flowers of all colors especially yellow and orange; often naturalized on old walls or cliffs; sometimes placed in genus Erysimum
  3. [n]  any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowers
 

WALLFLOWER is a 10 letter word that starts with W.

 

 Synonyms: Cheiranthus cheiri, Erysimum cheiri
 
 See Also: Cheiranthus, Cheiranthus allionii, Erysimum, Erysimum allionii, flower, genus Cheiranthus, genus Erysimum, shrinking violet, shy person, Siberian wall flower

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Wall"flow`er\, n. (Bot.)
    In Australia, the desert poison bush ({Gastrolobium
    grandiflorum}); -- called also {native wallflower}.
    
    
  2. \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.]
    
    
 

 

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