One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A bristly plant of the borage family, with bright blue flowers.
Anchusa and other genera, family Boraginaceae: several species, including the Eurasian A. arvensis and the widespread viper's bugloss
- ‘Flowers range from peonies, delphiniums, various brooms and gorses, mallows, asters and periwinkle through to buglosses, mandrake, daises, narcissi, irises and orchids.’
- ‘Common bugloss has fleshy, hairy leaves that grow smaller in size towards the top of the stem.’
- ‘A series of footpaths lead through bluebells, bugloss and other seaside flowers and birdwatchers flock to the cliff edges to watch migration and movements during the ebb and flow of the tide.’
- ‘Viper's bugloss was introduced from Europe in colonial times.’
- ‘Now add bright blue Brunnera macrophyylla (Siberian bugloss), yellowish-green lady's mantle, and Geranium x magnificum.’
Late Middle English: from Old French buglosse or Latin buglossus, from Greek bouglōssos ‘ox-tongued’, from bous ‘ox’ + glōssa ‘tongue’.
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