Windflower

A name given to most species of ANEMONE, particularly to the WOOD ANEMONE (Anemone nemerosa). It is explained by asserting that some species flourish in open exposed places, or that they would not open till the March winds begin to blow (Friend. 1883). The belief is from Pliny, and the Greek anemos is the word, and the name of the flower means literally "daughter of the wind" But this is folk etymology really, for the true origin is the Semitic word na'aman, which means the one "who was pleasant", or "lovely", with actual reference to the POPPY ANEMONE (A coronaria) (Grigson. 1976).

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