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swamp pink

noun
1.
a bog plant, Helonias bullata, of the lily family, native to the eastern U.S., having a dense spike of small, fragrant pink flowers.
2.
arethusa (def 1).
3.
any of several other pink-flowered plants that grow in wet places.
Origin of swamp pink
1775-1785
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85
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  • These had a sub-acid, delicious flavor, not unlike the smell of the swamp pink, which grew in the same spot.

  • 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

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