Gillyflower meaning

jĭlē-flouər
Any of several plants having fragrant flowers, especially the carnation, stock, or wallflower.
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Clove pink.
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A variety of purplish-red apple with a roundish conical shape and a large core.
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(heraldry) A stylized representation of a carnation blossom, usually red, and shown with or without a slip and leaves.
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Origin of gillyflower

  • Alteration (influenced by flower) of Middle English gilofre from Old French gilofre, girofle clove from Late Latin gariofilum from Greek karuophullon karuon nut kar- in Indo-European roots phullon leaf bhel-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • By folk etymology, with influence from flower, from French girofle, gilofre, from Late Latin caryophyllum, from Ancient Greek καρυοφυλλον (karyophyllon, “dried flower buds of the clove tree").

    From Wiktionary