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Any of several plants having fragrant flowers, especially the carnation, stock, or wallflower.
1. (Plants) any of several plants having fragrant flowers, such as the stock and wallflower
2. (Plants) an archaic name for carnation
[C14: changed (through influence of flower) from gilofre, from Old French girofle, from Medieval Latin, from Greek karuophullon clove tree, from karuon nut + phullon leaf]
or gil•li•flow•er(ˈdʒɪl iˌflaʊ ər)
1. any of several pinks of the genus Dianthus.
2. any of various other usu. fragrant flowers, esp. a stock, Matthiola incana.
[1300–50; alter. (by association with flower) of Middle English gilofre, geraflour < Old French gilofre, girofle < Latin caryophyllum < Greek karyóphyllon clove (káryo(n) nut + phýllon leaf)]
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|Noun||1.||gillyflower - any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers|
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
|2.||gillyflower - Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors|