Saint-Catherine's flower

noun

Saint-Cath·​er·​ine's flower
-ˈkath(ə)rə̇nz-
1
[so called from the fancied resemblance of the styles to the spikes on Catherine's wheel] : love-in-a-mist sense 1
2

Word History

Etymology

after St. Catherine of Alexandria †about 307 Christian martyr who was tortured on a spiked wheel

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“Saint-Catherine's flower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Saint-Catherine%27s%20flower. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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