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Sunflower (The)


Clytie, a waternymph, was in love with Apollo, but meeting no return, she died and was changed into a sunflower, which still turns to the sun through its daily course.

“The sunflower turns on the god, when he sets,

The same look which she turned when he rose.”

T. Moore: (Believe me if all those endearing young charms).

“I will not have the mad Clytie,

Whose head is turned by the sun.”

⁂ What we call a sunflower is the Helianthus, so called, not because it follows the sun, but because it resembles a picture sun. A bed of these flowers will turn in every direction, regardless of the sun. The Turnsole is the Heliotrõpium, quite another order of plants.

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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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Sun (The)
Sun Inn
Sun and Moon Falling
Sun in one’s Eyes (To have the)
Sun of Righteousness
Sunday Saint
Sunflower (The)
Sunna or Sonna
Suo Jure (Latin)
Suo Marte (Latin)
Super, Supers
Supped all his Porridge (He has)
Supper of Trimalchio (A)