or gil·li·flow·er

[ jil-ee-flou-er ]
/ ˈdʒɪl iˌflaʊ ər /


Archaic. any of several fragrant flowers of the genus Dianthus, as the carnation or clove pink.
any of various other usually fragrant flowers, especially a stock, Matthiola incana, of the mustard family.

Words nearby gillyflower

Origin of gillyflower

1300–50; alteration (by association with flower) of Middle English gilofre, geraflour < Old French gilofre, girofle < Latin caryophyllum < Greek karyóphyllon clove (káryo(n) nut + phýllon leaf) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gillyflower



/ (ˈdʒɪlɪˌflaʊə) /


any of several plants having fragrant flowers, such as the stock and wallflower
an archaic name for carnation

Word Origin for gillyflower

C14: changed (through influence of flower) from gilofre, from Old French girofle, from Medieval Latin, from Greek karuophullon clove tree, from karuon nut + phullon leaf
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