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fluellen

/flʊˈɛlən/
noun
1.
either of two weedy scrophulariaceous annuals related to the toadflaxes, round-leaved fluellen (Kickxia spuria) and sharp-leaved fluellen (K. elatine)
2.
(obsolete) any of several speedwells, especially Veronica officinalis
Word Origin
C16: shortened from Welsh Ilysiau Llewelyn Llewelyn's flower
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  • Anyhow, I reckon my wife wouldnt hear to it, said Mr. fluellen hopelessly.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Yes, assented Mr. fluellen, I reckon thats no more than fair.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • I was willing that it should be extended for hours, but the little village of fluellen was reached, and here we go ashore.

    Letters from Switzerland Samuel Irenus Prime
  • fluellen's affair with Pistol, we may be sure, was no rare but a representative case.

  • On his way downtown after breakfast, Mr. Birdseye met Mr. fluellen coming out of his gate bound in the same direction.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • This letter is so characteristic of the man, and so reminiscent of blunt fluellen, that I shall quote it in full.

  • It may be doubted whether any other man alive could with impunity have called fluellen Baynell "Nellie."

    The Storm Centre Charles Egbert Craddock
  • Our friend fluellen would perhaps say, "the situations, look you, is both alike."

  • The author of this ridiculous tale deserves the fate of Pistol, whom fluellen compelled to eat his leek, skin and all.

    British Goblins Wirt Sikes

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