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bleeding heart

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noun

any of various plants belonging to the genus Dicentra, of the fumitory family, especially D. spectabilis, a common garden plant having long, one-sided clusters of rose or red heart-shaped flowers.
a person who makes an ostentatious or excessive display of pity or concern for others.

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Origin of bleeding heart

First recorded in 1685–95

OTHER WORDS FROM bleeding heart

bleeding-heart, adjective
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bleeding heart

noun

any of several plants of the genus Dicentra, esp the widely cultivated Japanese species D. spectabilis, which has finely divided leaves and heart-shaped nodding pink flowers: family Fumariaceae
informal
  1. a person who is excessively softhearted
  2. (as modifier)a bleeding-heart liberal
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