sheep's bit

sheep's bit

plant
      (Jasione montana), annual to biennial herb of the bellflower family (Campanulaceae), bearing clustered heads of blue flowers. The plants grow scattered in sandy or acid fields or meadows, and they also grow on cliffsides. Sheep's bit is native to Europe and has been introduced into eastern North America.

      The narrow-lobed, starry flowers of sheep's bit mass in globes 2.5 cm (1 inch) in diameter in which the outside flower circles open first. The short, thick anthers are united at the base. A closely related perennial species, J. perennis, has flower heads that are 5 cm (2 inches) across and also has broader leaves. It is limited to southern Europe.

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  • Sheep's bit — Sheep Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce[ a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheep's-bit — ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷ noun (plural sheep s bits) : a European herb (Jasione montana) that is adventive in the eastern United States and has blue flowers somewhat resembling those of scabious * * * sheep s bit ● scabious …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheep's-bit scabious — sheep sˈ bit scabious see under ↑scabious • • • Main Entry: ↑sheep …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheep's bit — /ˈʃips bɪt/ (say sheeps bit) noun a biennial herb with dense heads of small blue flowers, Jasione montana, occurring in grasslands in Europe …  

  • sheep's-bit — noun a blue flowered plant resembling a scabious. [Jasione montana.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • Sheep — Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce[ a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus {Ovis},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheep bot — Sheep Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce[ a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheep dog — Sheep Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce[ a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sheep laurel — Sheep Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce[ a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheep louse — Sheep Sheep, n. sing. & pl. [OE. shep, scheep, AS. sc?p, sce[ a]p; akin to OFries. sk?p, LG. & D. schaap, G. schaf, OHG. sc[=a]f, Skr. ch[=a]ga. [root]295. Cf. {Sheepherd}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of ruminants of the genus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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