- any plant of the large perennial genus Silene, with mostly red or pink flowers; many, esp S. or Agrostemma coeli-rosa, are grown as garden plants: family CarophyllaceaeSee also
Word Origin for silene New Latin from Latin silenus viscaria Examples from the Web for silene Historical Examples of silene
One of the best cheap bedders is Pink Catchfly (Silene pendula).
Juliana Horatia Ewing
We found a new species of floweret of the genus Silene, but unknown to us.
Maria R. Audubon
At last the insect wearies and leaves the Mantis hanging to the Silene.
J. Henri Fabre
Unguiculate (clawed) petal of a Silene; with a two-parted crown.
The corolla shows greater decrease in size in Melandryum and Silene, in diffuse light, though the relative form is maintained.