Origin of gillyflower
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Historical Examples of gillyflower
In a wet place the "gillyflower" was growing, suggesting our dentaria, or crinkle-root.Fresh Fields
"It's no use, Gillyflower," she would reply with a weary little smile.
Even you couldn't cut through 'ropes of steel,' my Gillyflower.
By the aid of a microscope, a 'gillyflower' was seen protecting a chrysalis.Trifles for the Christmas Holidays
H. S. Armstrong
"You're such a dear, Gillyflower," she said with that impulsive, lovable charm of manner which it was so difficult to resist.
Word Origin for gillyflower
1550s, folk etymology spelling (by association of flower) of gilofre, originally "clove," c.1300, from Old French girofle "clove," ultimately from Greek karyophyllon "clove, nut leaf, dried flower bud of clove tree," from karyon "nut" (see karyo-) + phyllon "leaf" (see folio). The flower so named for its scent, so called from late 14c.