sweet william

noun, often capitalized W 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

Origin and Etymology of sweet william

from the name William

First Known Use: 1573

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capable of being understood in two ways

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