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nosegay

[ nohz-gey ]
/ ˈnoʊzˌgeɪ /
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noun

a small bunch of flowers; bouquet; posy.

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Origin of nosegay

1375–1425; late Middle English: literally, a gay (obsolete, something pretty; see gay) for the nose (i.e., to smell)
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nosegay
/ (ˈnəʊzˌɡeɪ) /

noun

a small bunch of flowers; posy

Word Origin for nosegay

C15: from nose + archaic gay a toy
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