gillyflower

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

Definition of gillyflower

  1. :  carnation 2

Origin and Etymology 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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