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sweet violet

a plant, Viola odorata, of the violet family, native to the Old World, having fragrant, usually purple flowers that are the source of an oil used in perfumery. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Then, again, the sweet violet was used for the flavouring of wine—the "vinum violatum."

    A Year in a Lancashire Garden Henry Arthur Bright
  • Yet how she loved that rose, but not more than the sweet violet of our England that had no such thorns.

    From sketch-book and diary Elizabeth Butler
  • Our own sweet violet should be abundantly naturalised wherever it does not occur in a wild state.

    The Wild Garden William Robinson
  • May I not press a kiss upon the sweet violet, because the scent of the queenly rose is precious to me?

  • Similar remarks may be applied to our two common plants, the sweet violet (Viola odorata) and the dog violet (Viola canina).

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace
  • The caterpillar, which feeds upon dog-violet, and also the sweet violet, is figured on Plate 53.

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