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Virginia cowslip

  1. a wild plant, Mertensia virginica, of the borage family, native to the eastern U.S., grown as a garden plant for its handsome, nodding clusters of blue flowers.
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Origin of Virginia cowslip

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10
Also called Roanoke bells.
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