scar'let lych'nis

a plant, Lychnis chalcedonica, of the pink family, having scarlet or sometimes white flowers, the arrangement and shape of the petals resembling a Maltese cross. Also called Maltese cross, Jerusalem cross, scarlet lightning.

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Scarlet Letter, Thescarlet runner
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