A plant associated with genus Anchusa and particularly the Anchusa officinalis occasionally known as alkanet oxtongue
- perennial or biennial herb cultivated for its delicate usually blue plants
- widespread European weed with spiny tongue-shaped leaves and yellow flowers; naturalized in usa
- A plant for the genus Anchusa, and especially the A. officinalis, often known as alkanet; oxtongue.
1530s, from French buglosse, from Latin buglossa, from Greek bouglossos, virtually "ox-tongued," from bous "ox" (see cow (letter.)) + glossa "tongue" (see gloss (n.2)) . So called from the form of its leaves.
(letter.) A plant associated with genus Anchusa, and particularly the A. officinalis, sometimes called alkanet; oxtongue.
It is represented in Britain by bugloss (Echium) (fig.