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baby-blue-eyes

[bey-bee-bloo-ahyz]
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noun, plural ba·by-blue-eyes. (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. any of several plants of the genus Nemophila, of western North America, especially N. menziesii, a low-growing plant having blue, white-centered flowers.

Origin of baby-blue-eyes

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; so called from fancied resemblance of its spots to eyes
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  • This beautiful Nemophila is a more fragile flower than its sister, the baby-blue-eyes.

    The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits

    Mary Elizabeth Parsons

  • There are some baby-blue-eyes, and yonder dry field is brilliant with the colors of many others.

    Conservation Reader

    Harold W. Fairbanks