Loose"strife` (?), n. Bot. (a)

The name of several species of plants of the genus Lysimachia, having small star-shaped flowers, usually of a yellow color.


Any species of the genus Lythrum, having purple, or, in some species, crimson flowers.


False loosestrife, a plant of the genus Ludwigia, which includes several species, most of which are found in the United States. -- Tufted loosestrife, the plant Lysimachia thyrsiflora, found in the northern parts of the United States and in Europe.



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