One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that includes the pasque flower.
Genus Pulsatilla, family Ranunculaceae
- ‘The genus Pulsatilla includes about 30 species, many of which are valued for their finely-dissected leaves, solitary bell-shaped flowers, and plumed seed heads.’
- ‘Three plants which make an exciting selection for spring colour are aubrietia, pulsatilla and bergenia.’
- ‘Pulsatilla is a very rare flower which blooms only at Easter in Slovenia.’
Modern Latin, diminutive of pulsatus ‘beaten about’, expressing the notion ‘small flower beaten by the wind’.
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