gillyflower 1550s, folk etymology spelling (by association of flower) of gilofre, originally "clove," c.1300, from O.Fr. girofle "clove," ultimately from Gk. karyophyllon "clove, nut leaf, dried flower bud of clove tree," from karyon "nut" + phyllon "leaf" (see FOLIO (Cf. folio)). The flower so named for its scent, so called from late 14c.

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  • Gillyflower — Gil ly*flow er, n. [OE. gilofre, gilofer, clove, OF. girofre, girofle, F. girofle: cf. F. girofl[ e]e gillyflower, fr. girofle, Gr. ? clove tree; ? nut + ? leaf, akin to E. foliage. Cf. {Caryophyllus}, {July flower}.] [Written also… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gillyflower — (also gilliflower) ► NOUN ▪ any of a number of fragrant flowers, such as the wallflower or white stock. ORIGIN Old French gilofre, girofle, from Greek karuophullon, from karuon nut + phullon leaf …   English terms dictionary

  • gillyflower — /jil ee flow euhr/, n. 1. Archaic. any of several fragrant flowers of the genus Dianthus, as the carnation or clove pink. 2. any of various other usually fragrant flowers, esp. a stock, Matthiola incana, of the mustard family. Also, gilliflower.… …   Universalium

  • gillyflower — /ˈdʒɪliflaʊə/ (say jileeflowuh) noun 1. any of various fragrant flowers, as for example the wallflower, Cheiranthus cheiri, the common stock gillyflower, Matthiola incana, etc. 2. Obsolete the clove pink. See pink1 (def. 2). Also, gilliflower.… …  

  • gillyflower — pilkoji leukonija statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Matthiola incana), paplitęs Viduržemio jūros srityje. atitikmenys: lot. Matthiola incana angl. Brompton stock; common stock; gillyflower; Guernsey… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • gillyflower — geltonžiedė smalka statusas T sritis vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Cheiranthus cheiri angl. common wallflower; gillyflower; wallflower vok. echter Goldlack; gemeiner Goldlack rus. желтофиоль садовая; лакфиоль обыкновенная lenk. lak pachnący; lak… …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • gillyflower — n. 1 (in full clove gillyflower) a clove scented pink (see CLOVE(1) 2). 2 any of various similarly scented flowers such as the wallflower or white stock. Etymology: ME gilofre, gerofle f. OF gilofre, girofle, f. med.L f. Gk karuophullon clove… …   Useful english dictionary

  • gillyflower — noun Etymology: by folk etymology from Middle English gilofre clove, from Anglo French, alteration of Old French girofle, from Latin caryophyllum, from Greek karyophyllon, from karyon nut + phyllon leaf more at careen, blade Date: 1551 carnation… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • gillyflower — noun /ˈdʒɪl.ɪˌflaʊə,ˈdʒɪl.iˌflaʊɚ,ˈɡɪl.iˌflaʊɚ/ a) A carnation (flower of the genus Dianthus). b) Any clove scented flower. Syn: carnation, pink …   Wiktionary

  • gillyflower — see CLOVE …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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