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Gillyflower (g soft)

is not the July-flower, but the French giroflée, from girofle (a clove), called by Chaucer “gilofre.” The common stock, the wall-flower, the rocket, the clove pink, and several other plants are so called. (Greek karuophullon; Latin, caryophyllum, the clove gillyflower.)

“The fairest flowers the season


Are our carnations and streaked gillyflowers.”


Shakespeare: Winter’s Tale, iv. 2.

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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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