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common name for some members of the Caryophyllaceae, a family of small herbs found chiefly in north temperate zones (especially the Mediterranean area) but with several genera indigenous to south temperate zones and high altitudes of tropical mountains.
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any of various caryophyllaceous plants of the genera Silene and Lychnis, having red, pink, or white flowers
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