gillyflower

noun
gil·​ly·​flow·​er | \ ˈji-lē-ˌflau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce gillyflower (audio) \

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First Known Use of gillyflower

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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“Gillyflower.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gillyflower. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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