[ luhv-lahyz-blee-ding ]

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

Origin of love-lies-bleeding

First recorded in 1600–10

Words Nearby love-lies-bleeding Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use love-lies-bleeding in a sentence

  • 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
  • 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
  • She has compared me on different occasions to a love-lies-bleeding and a black prize Minorca hen.

    Dimbie and I--and Amelia | Mabel Barnes-Grundy

British Dictionary definitions for love-lies-bleeding


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

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