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sweet william

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noun sweet wil·liam \ˌswēt-ˈwil-yəm\

Definition of sweet william

  1. :  a widely cultivated Old World pink (Dianthus barbatus) with small white to deep red or purple flowers often showily spotted, banded, or mottled and borne in flat-topped cymes



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Origin of sweet william

from the name William


First Known Use: 1573


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