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1English regional (chiefly south-western). Thrift, Armeria maritima.
2English regional. Any of several saxifrages (family Saxifragaceae); especially mossy saxifrage, Saxifraga hypnoides.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Lovell (?1630–1690), naturalist. From the genitive of lady + cushion, although the first element is sometimes apprehended as plural; so called on account of the plants' habit of growing in thick tufts or clumps.
lady's cushion/ˌleɪdɪz ˈkʊʃn/
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