love-lies-bleeding

[ luhv-lahyz-blee-ding ]
/ ˈlʌvˌlaɪzˈbli dɪŋ /
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noun

an amaranth, especially Amaranthus caudatus, having spikes of crimson flowers.

Nearby words

  1. love-apple,
  2. love-entangle,
  3. love-in,
  4. love-in-a-mist,
  5. love-in-idleness,
  6. loveable,
  7. lovebird,
  8. lovebirds,
  9. lovebite,
  10. lovecraft

Origin of love-lies-bleeding

First recorded in 1600–10

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Examples from the Web for love-lies-bleeding

  • You've looked more like a love-lies-bleeding just lately since you had your accident—though the master seems satisfied.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia|Mabel Barnes-Grundy
  • You know ‘love-lies-bleeding’ is a flower, but it sounds allegorical the way I have put it in.

    Turn About Eleanor|Ethel M. Kelley


British Dictionary definitions for love-lies-bleeding

love-lies-bleeding

noun

any of several amaranthaceous plants of the genus Amaranthus, esp A. caudatus, having drooping spikes of small red flowers
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