Jupiter's beard

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Translating Latin Barba Jovis.


Jupiter's beard ‎(uncountable)

  1. A common name for various plants:
    1. The red valerian, Centranthus ruber
    2. (obsolete) Aster linosyris, a European plant with yellow flowers.
    3. The silverbush, Anthyllis barba-jovis, a European shrub with silvery leaves.
    4. The common houseleek, Sempervivum tectorum.
      • 1658: Thus [...] nature [...] somewhat after this manner hath ordered the bush in Jupiters beard, or houseleek; which old superstition set on the tops of houses, as a defensative against lightening, and thunder. — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 181)
    5. A white-edged fungus, Hyphodontia barba-jovis.


  • OED, 3rd edition