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Florʹimel [honey-flower]


A damsel of great beauty, but so timid that she feared the “smallest monstrous mouse that creeps on floor,” and was abused by everyone. Her form was simulated by a witch out of wax, but the wax image melted, leaving nothing behind except the girdle that was round the waist. (Spenser: Faërie Queene, book iii. 4, 8; iv. 11, 12.)

“Florimel loved Marʹinel, but Proteus cast her into a dungeon, from which, being released by the order of Neptune, she married the man of her choice.”—Spenser: Faërie Queene, book iv.

“St. Amand had long since in bitterness repented of a transient infatuation, had long since distinguished the true Florimel from the false.”—Sir E. B. Lytton: Pilgrims of the Rhine, iii.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Flora’s Dial
Florence (The German)
Florentine Diamond (The)
Florian (St.)
Florid Architecture
Florida (U. S. America)
Florimel [honey-flower]
Florimel’s Girdle
Florisel of Nicea
Flotsam and Jetson
Flower Games
Flower Sermon
Flower of Chivalry