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 for silene
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Silene \Si*le"ne\, n. [NL., fr. L. Silenus, the attendant of
     Bacchus.] (Bot.)
     A genus of caryophyllaceous plants, usually covered with a
     viscid secretion by which insects are caught; catchfly.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Bon Sil[`e]ne. See Sil[`e]ne, in the Vocabulary.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  silene
      n 1: any plant of the genus Silene [syn: silene, campion,
           catchfly]

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