Aaron's beard

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From the reference in Psalms 133:2 in the Bible.[1][2]

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Aaron's beard (plural Aaron's beards)

  1. (botany) A common name for several plants, which have tufts of stamens.[1][2] [First attested in the late 19th century.][1]
    1. Cymbalaria muralis (ivy-leaved toadflax, Kenilworth ivy)
    2. Hypericum calycinum (great St. John's-wort, Jerusalem star)
    3. Saxifraga stolonifera (creeping saxifrage, strawberry geranium)
    4. Opuntia leucotricha (arborescent prickly pear, Aaron's beard cactus)
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see Aaron,‎ 's,‎ beard.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 Philip Babcock Gove (editor), Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, Unabridged (G. & C. Merriam Co., 1976 [1909], ISBN 0-87779-101-5), page 3