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swamp pink

a bog plant, Helonias bullata, of the lily family, native to the eastern U.S., having a dense spike of small, fragrant pink flowers.
arethusa (def 1).
any of several other pink-flowered plants that grow in wet places.
Origin of swamp pink
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But we soon came to higher banks, which were covered with a fragrant blossom called the "swamp pink" in some parts of the North.

    Down South Oliver Optic
  • These had a sub-acid, delicious flavor, not unlike the smell of the swamp pink, which grew in the same spot.

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