bluet

[bloo-it]
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noun

Usually bluets. Also called innocence, Quaker-ladies. any of several North American plants of the genus Houstonia (or Hedyotis), of the madder family, especially H. caerulea, a low-growing plant having four-petaled blue and white flowers.
any of various other plants having blue flowers.

Nearby words

  1. bluest eye, the,
  2. bluestem,
  3. bluestocking,
  4. bluestone,
  5. bluesy,
  6. bluethroat,
  7. bluethroat pikeblenny,
  8. bluetick,
  9. bluetit,
  10. bluetongue

Origin of bluet

1400–50; late Middle English blewet, blewed, variant of Middle English bloweth, blowed (see blue, blae); suffix perhaps Old English -et, as in thicket

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Examples from the Web for bluet

  • This cat one of the maids of honour held in her arms, saying, "Madam, Bluet is hungry!"

    The Fairy Book|Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
  • This cat one of the maids of honor held in her arms, saying, "Madam, Bluet is hungry!"

    The Little Lame Prince|Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik
  • The princess observing it, "Bring that fricassee and that tart to poor Bluet," said she; "see how he cries to have them."

    The Little Lame Prince|Miss Mulock--Pseudonym of Maria Dinah Craik


British Dictionary definitions for bluet

bluet

noun

a North American rubiaceous plant, Houstonia caerulea, with small four-petalled blue flowers
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