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[fer-get-mee-not] /fərˈgɛt miˌnɒt/
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.
any of several other plants of the genus Myosotis.
any of various similar plants, especially of the genus Anchusa or Cynoglossum.
Also called scorpion grass for def 1, 2.
Origin of forget-me-not
1525-35; translation of Middle French ne m'oubliez mye Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • 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
  • The Father kindly looked Him down and said, “forget-me-not.”

  • There was a touch of fire in the forget-me-not blue of her eyes.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Walk down to the forget-me-not with us, you two, said Priscilla.

  • There are more than a dozen sorts of speedwells, but the forget-me-not is the prettiest.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • Miss Doreen sleeps in the forget-me-not Room; everything is blue there.

    Mollie's Prince

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for forget-me-not


any temperate low-growing plant of the mainly European boraginaceous genus Myosotis, having clusters of small typically blue flowers Also called scorpion grass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forget-me-not

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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