One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A genus of herbaceous annuals and perennials of the family Boraginaceae, native to Mexico and temperate Eurasia, whose members bear blue or white flowers; (also omphalodes) a plant of this genus.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Philip Miller (1691–1771), horticulturist and writer. From scientific Latin Omphalodes from ancient Greek ὀμϕαλώδης navel-like (alluding to the navel-like depression seen on seeds of these plants) from ὀμϕαλός + -ωδης.
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