dog violet

noun

Definition of dog violet

1 : a leafy-stemmed blue-flowered violet (Viola canina) found throughout the northern portions of the Old World
2 : any of several closely related plants of the genus Viola (especially V. conspersa)

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First Known Use of dog violet

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dog violet

translation of New Latin viola canina

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“Dog violet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dog%20violet. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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