[ luhv-in-uh-mist ]
/ ˈlʌv ɪn əˈmɪst /


a plant, Nigella damascena, of the buttercup family, having feathery dissected leaves and whitish or blue flowers.

Origin of love-in-a-mist

First recorded in 1750–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for love-in-a-mist

  • Perhaps you will like some of your Love-in-a-mist to form its handsome seed-pods and sow itself for next year.

  • This is one of the most beautiful annuals there is, and its charming English name is Love-in-a-mist.

  • It was a faded blossom of love-in-a-mist—the flower she herself had given to Feathers the last time they drove this way.

    A Bachelor Husband|Ruby M. Ayres

British Dictionary definitions for love-in-a-mist



an erect S European ranunculaceous plant, Nigella damascena, cultivated as a garden plant, having finely cut leaves and white or pale blue flowersSee also fennelflower
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