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myosotis

[mahy-uh-soh-tis]
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noun
  1. any plant belonging to the genus Myosotis, of the borage family, having basal leaves and pink or white flowers, as the forget-me-not.
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Also my·o·sote [mahy-uh-soht] /ˈmaɪ əˌsoʊt/.

Origin of myosotis

1700–10; < New Latin, Latin myosōtis < Greek myosōtís the plant mouse-ear, equivalent to myós (genitive of mŷs) mouse + -ōt- (stem of oûs) ear + -is noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for myosotis

Historical Examples

  • The plant Mouse-ear (Myosotis Arvensis) is called mouse-lug.

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood

    J. Conway Walter

  • I told him a poem and I did sing him a song of fleurs de tante, of myosotis et anemone et romarin et iris et claire.

    The Story of Opal

    Opal Whiteley

  • Myosotis, only one or two species here, and those very well marked.

  • A bouquet of myosotis, which perhaps had heard the latter portion of our conversation, then took Ds arm and walked on with him.

    The Corsican Brothers

    Alexandre Dumas

  • And who is the lady, asked the bouquet of myosotis, who is so very shy as to be made the subject of a bet?

    The Corsican Brothers

    Alexandre Dumas


British Dictionary definitions for myosotis

myosotis

myosote (ˈmaɪəˌsəʊt)

noun
  1. any plant of the boraginaceous genus MyosotisSee forget-me-not
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Word Origin

C18: New Latin from Greek muosōtis mouse-ear (referring to its furry leaves), from muos, genitive of mus mouse + -ōt-, stem of ous ear
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