Aaron's beard

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



Aaron's beard (plural Aaron's beards)

  1. A common name for several plants that 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 with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see Aaron,‎ 's,‎ beard.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 “Aaron's beard” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, 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), page 3

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