One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of annual herbaceous plants (family Hydrophyllaceae) native to western North America; (also nemophila) a plant of this genus, especially baby-blue-eyes, N. insignis, having cup-shaped blue flowers with a white centre, or a cultivated variety of this.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Thomas Nuttall (1786–1859), botanist. From scientific Latin Nemophila from ancient Greek νέμος wood + scientific Latin -phila.
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