One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A perennial herbaceous plant, Anemone hortensis (family Ranunculaceae), of northern temperate regions having white or purple stellate flowers.
2A North American woodland perennial, Trientalis borealis (family Primulaceae), having white stellate flowers with prominent yellow stamens, compare "starflower".
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Parkinson (1566/7–1650), apothecary and herbalist.
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