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[luhv-lahyz-blee-ding] /ˈlʌvˌlaɪzˈbli dɪŋ/
an amaranth, especially Amaranthus caudatus, having spikes of crimson flowers.
Origin of love-lies-bleeding
First recorded in 1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You know ‘love-lies-bleeding’ is a flower, but it sounds allegorical the way I have put it in.

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  • You've looked more like a love-lies-bleeding just lately since you had your accident—though the master seems satisfied.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • She has compared me on different occasions to a love-lies-bleeding and a black prize Minorca hen.

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British Dictionary definitions for love-lies-bleeding


any of several amaranthaceous plants of the genus Amaranthus, esp A. caudatus, having drooping spikes of small red flowers
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