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bluet

[bloo-it] /ˈblu ɪt/
noun
1.
Usually, bluets. Also called innocence, Quaker-ladies. any of several North American plants of the genus Houstonia (or Hedyotis), of the madder family, especially H. caerulea, a low-growing plant having four-petaled blue and white flowers.
2.
any of various other plants having blue flowers.
Origin of bluet
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English blewet, blewed, variant of Middle English bloweth, blowed (see blue, blae); suffix perhaps Old English -et, as in thicket
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  • This cat one of the maids of honour held in her arms, saying, "Madam, bluet is hungry!"

    The Fairy Book Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
  • This cat one of the maids of honor held in her arms, saying, "Madam, bluet is hungry!"

    The Little Lame Prince Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
  • The princess observing it, "Bring that fricassee and that tart to poor bluet," said she; "see how he cries to have them."

    The Little Lame Prince Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
British Dictionary definitions for bluet

bluet

/ˈbluːɪt/
noun
1.
a North American rubiaceous plant, Houstonia caerulea, with small four-petalled blue flowers
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