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[luhv-in-uh-mist] /ˈlʌv ɪn əˈmɪst/
a plant, Nigella damascena, of the buttercup family, having feathery dissected leaves and whitish or blue flowers.
Origin of love-in-a-mist
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It was a faded blossom of love-in-a-mist—the flower she herself had given to Feathers the last time they drove this way.

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  • This is one of the most beautiful annuals there is, and its charming English name is love-in-a-mist.

    The Children's Book of Gardening Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  • Perhaps you will like some of your love-in-a-mist to form its handsome seed-pods and sow itself for next year.

    The Children's Book of Gardening Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
British Dictionary definitions for love-in-a-mist


an erect S European ranunculaceous plant, Nigella damascena, cultivated as a garden plant, having finely cut leaves and white or pale blue flowers See also fennelflower
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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