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forget-me-not

[fer-get-mee-not]
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noun
  1. either of two small Old World plants, Myosotis sylvatica or M. scorpioides, of the borage family, having a light-blue flower commonly regarded as an emblem of constancy and friendship.
  2. any of several other plants of the genus Myosotis.
  3. any of various similar plants, especially of the genus Anchusa or Cynoglossum.

Origin of forget-me-not

1525–35; translation of Middle French ne m'oubliez mye
Also called scorpion grass for def 1, 2
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Examples from the Web for forget-me-not

Historical Examples

  • She flung off the forget-me-not wreath and turned to Rosamund.

    A Modern Tomboy

    L. T. Meade

  • The last one I went to I had a great success as a forget-me-not.

    Bird of Paradise

    Ada Leverson

  • She stared at him, her forget-me-not eyes dilating with dismay.

    The Way to Peace

    Margaret Deland

  • Could you tell me the origin of the name "Forget-me-not" as applied to flowers?

  • He opened it eagerly, and a sprig of forget-me-not fell into his hand.

    The Scarlet Feather

    Houghton Townley


British Dictionary definitions for forget-me-not

forget-me-not

noun
  1. any temperate low-growing plant of the mainly European boraginaceous genus Myosotis, having clusters of small typically blue flowersAlso called: scorpion grass
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Word Origin and History for forget-me-not

n.

the flowering plant Myosotis palustris, 1530s, from Old French ne m'oubliez mye; in 15c. the flower was supposed to ensure that those wearing it should never be forgotten by their lovers. Similar loan-translations took the name into other languages, cf. German Vergißmeinnicht, Swedish forgätmigej, Hungarian nefelejcs, Czech nezabudka.

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