- any of several plants of various families with clove-scented flowers, as the carnation
- stock (sense )
- wallflower (sense )
Origin of gillifloweraltered (after flower) from Middle English gilofre from Old French gilofre, girofle, gilliflower from Late Latin caryophyllon from Classical Greek karyophyllon, clove tree from karyon, nut (see hard) + phyllon, leaf (see bloom)
Also sp. gil′ly·flow·er
- Alternative spelling of gillyflower.