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gillyflower (n.)

type of flowering plant, 1550s, folk etymology alteration (by association with unrelated flower) of gilofre "gillyflower" (late 14c.), originally "clove" (c. 1300), from Old French girofle "clove" (12c.), from Latin caryophyllon, from Greek karyophyllon "clove, nut leaf, dried flower bud of clove tree," from karyon "nut" (see karyo-) + phyllon "leaf" (from suffixed form of PIE root *bhel- (3) "to thrive, bloom"). The flower so named for its scent.

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Definitions of gillyflower

gillyflower (n.)
any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers;
Synonyms: stock
gillyflower (n.)
Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors;
Synonyms: carnation / clove pink / Dianthus caryophyllus
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