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gillyflower

noun gil·ly·flow·er \ˈji-lē-ˌfla(-ə)r\

Definition of GILLYFLOWER

:  carnation 2

Origin of GILLYFLOWER

by folk etymology from Middle English gilofre clove, from Anglo-French, alteration of Old French girofle, from Latin caryophyllum, from Greek karyophyllon, from karyon nut + phyllon leaf — more at careen, blade
First Known Use: 1551

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