One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that includes the pasque flower.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Pulsatilla is a very rare flower which blooms only at Easter in Slovenia.’
- ‘Three plants which make an exciting selection for spring colour are aubrietia, pulsatilla and bergenia.’
Modern Latin, diminutive of pulsatus ‘beaten about’, expressing the notion ‘small flower beaten by the wind’.
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