either of two small Old World plants, Myosotis sylvatica or M. scorpioides, of the borage family, having a light-blue flower commonly regarded as an emblem of constancy and friendship.
any of several other plants of the genus Myosotis.
any of various similar plants, especially of the genus Anchusa or Cynoglossum.

Origin of forget-me-not

1525–35; translation of Middle French ne m'oubliez mye
Also called scorpion grass for def 1, 2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for forget-me-not

Historical Examples of forget-me-not

  • Yet it is not unfrequently sold in pots in the shops as forget-me-not.

    Nature Near London

    Richard Jefferies

  • Outside is also a garden, full of forget-me-not, daffodil, and other humble flowers.

    The Argosy


  • She flung off the forget-me-not wreath and turned to Rosamund.

    A Modern Tomboy

    L. T. Meade

  • O wheel; my happy lot It is to hide within my heart That name, forget-me-not.

    The Little Colonel's Hero

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • She started forward suddenly, stooping to pick a tiny sprig of forget-me-not that gemmed the border.

British Dictionary definitions for forget-me-not



any temperate low-growing plant of the mainly European boraginaceous genus Myosotis, having clusters of small typically blue flowersAlso called: scorpion grass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for forget-me-not

the flowering plant Myosotis palustris, 1530s, from Old French ne m'oubliez mye; in 15c. the flower was supposed to ensure that those wearing it should never be forgotten by their lovers. Similar loan-translations took the name into other languages, cf. German Vergißmeinnicht, Swedish forgätmigej, Hungarian nefelejcs, Czech nezabudka.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper