a plant, Viola odorata, of the violet family, native to the Old World, having fragrant, usually purple flowers that are the source of an oil used in perfumery.
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The caterpillar, which feeds upon dog-violet, and also the sweet violet, is figured on Plate 53.The Butterflies of the British Isles | Richard South
Then, again, the sweet violet was used for the flavouring of wine—the "vinum violatum."A Year in a Lancashire Garden | Henry Arthur Bright
Similar remarks may be applied to our two common plants, the sweet violet (Viola odorata) and the dog violet (Viola canina).Darwinism (1889) | Alfred Russel Wallace
May I not press a kiss upon the sweet violet, because the scent of the queenly rose is precious to me?The Second Thoughts of An Idle Fellow | Jerome K. Jerome
Yet how she loved that rose, but not more than the sweet violet of our England that had no such thorns.From sketch-book and diary | Elizabeth Butler