One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that includes cupid's dart.
Genus Catananche, family Compositae
- ‘The bright blue, cornflower-like blooms of catananche appear continuously from early to late summer and are at their peak in midsummer.’
- ‘Catananche is a genus of the botanical family Asteraceae.’
From modern Latin, from Latin catanance, a plant used in love potions, from Greek katanankē, from kata- ‘down’ + anankē ‘compulsion’.
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