Meaning of pulmonaria in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpʌlməˈnɛːrɪə/


  • A plant of a genus that includes lungwort.

    Genus Pulmonaria, family Boraginaceae

    ‘Ferns, hellebores, pulmonarias, and wild gingers are also nice companion plants.’
    • ‘There are plump, pink buds on the bergenias, and small, white flowers coming on the pulmonarias.’
    • ‘In kinder climates such as hers, she says, pulmonarias, cyclamen, and primroses bloom early enough to pair nicely.’
    • ‘MY pulmonarias have been lovely this year, clumps of frosted leaves and pink and lilac flowers throughout the garden hiding the dying foliage of snowdrops and mingling with forget-me-nots.’
    • ‘Snowdrops are fading and their place is being taken by early daffodils, pulmonaria and primroses.’


Modern Latin, from medieval Latin pulmonaria (herba), feminine (used as a noun) of Latin pulmonarius ‘relating to the lungs’ (from the belief in its efficacy in curing lung diseases).