Definition of Genus silene
1. Noun. Large widely distributed genus of plants having mostly showy flowers of various colors: campion; catchfly.
Group relationships: Carnation Family, Caryophyllaceae, Family Caryophyllaceae, Pink Family
Member holonyms: Campion, Catchfly, Silene, Moss Campion, Silene Acaulis, Silene Caroliniana, Wild Pink, Lychnis Dioica, Red Bird's Eye, Red Campion, Silene Dioica, Bladder Campion, Evening Lychnis, Lychnis Alba, Silene Latifolia, White Campion, White Cockle, Fire Pink, Silene Virginica
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Genus Silene
Literary usage of Genus silene
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Ottawa Naturalist by Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club (1904)
"... Boreali-Americana, published as a rather dubious member of the genus Silene, under the name S. Menziesii, were from the shores of Puget Sound. ..."
2. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1908)
"These were a kind of pink, Melandrium album, and a plant from a closely related genus, Silene viscosa. The former is a dioecious form and Silene is ..."
3. The Chicago Medical Journal and Examiner (1884)
"genus silene (Catchfly Campion). 5. inflata (Bladder Campion); S. Virginica (Fire Pink Catchfly). Medical properties: Nervine, vermifuge (like Spigelia). ..."
4. An Introduction to Systematic and Physiological Botany by Thomas Nuttall (1827)
"... of the tenth class you will find the genus Silene, belonging to the same natural order with the Pink, and bearing a similar flower, but distinguishable, ..."
5. Familiar Lectures on Botany: Explaining the Structure, Classification, and by Lincoln Phelps (1854)
"We here find the genus SILENE, one species of which is called'the catch-fly; another, the nocturna, or night-blooming, is, " That Silent who decline« The ..."