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Toadflax \Toad"flax`\, n. (Bot.) An herb ( Linaria vulgaris) of the Figwort family, having narrow leaves and showy orange and yellow flowers; -- called also butter and eggs, flaxweed, and ramsted.


n. 1 Any of several European plants, of the genus ''Linaria'', having two-lipped yellow flowers. 2 Any of several other plants in the family Plantaginaceae.


n. common European perennial having showy yellow and orange flowers; a naturalized weed in North America [syn: butter-and-eggs, wild snapdragon, devil's flax, Linaria vulgaris]


Toadflax is the common name of several related genera of plants in the family Plantaginaceae

  • Anarrhinum
  • Antirrhinum, also called Snapdragon
  • Chaenorhinum
  • Cymbalaria
  • Linaria
  • Misopates
  • Nuttallanthus

Usage examples of "toadflax".

Wild charlock--a clear yellow--pink pimpernels, pink-streaked convolvulus, great white convolvulus, double-yellow toadflax, blue borage, broad rays of blue chicory, tall corn-cockles, azure corn-flowers, the great mallow, almost a bush, purple knapweed--I will make no further catalogue, but there are pages more of flowers, great and small, that grow at the edge of the plough, from the coltsfoot that starts out of the clumsy clod in spring to the white clematis.

Among its British representatives it embraces members so diverse as the Foxglove and Speedwell, the Mullein and Figworts, the Toadflax and the semi-parasites, Eyebright, Bartsia, Cowwheat, and the Red and Yellow Rattles.

So, wondering what he might mean, they looked hard and long, at the slope of smooth green grass with tiny orange-yellow toadflax growing here and there, and small blue butterflies fluttering.