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Mayflower

[ mey-flou-er ]
/ ˈmeɪˌflaʊ ər /
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noun
(italics) the ship in which the Pilgrims sailed from Southampton to the New World in 1620.
(lowercase) any of various plants that blossom in May as the hepatica or anemone in the U.S., and the hawthorn or cowslip in England.
(lowercase) the trailing arbutus, Epigaea repens: the state flower of Massachusetts.
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Origin of Mayflower

First recorded in 1560–70; May + flower
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British Dictionary definitions for Mayflower (1 of 2)

mayflower
/ (ˈmeɪˌflaʊə) /

noun
any of various plants that bloom in May
US and Canadian another name for trailing arbutus
British another name for hawthorn, cowslip, marsh marigold

British Dictionary definitions for Mayflower (2 of 2)

Mayflower
/ (ˈmeɪˌflaʊə) /

noun
the Mayflower the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth to Massachusetts in 1620
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for Mayflower

Mayflower

The ship that carried the Pilgrims to America. It made a permanent landing near Plymouth Rock in 1620, after the Pilgrims had agreed to the Mayflower Compact.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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