love-in-idleness


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love-in-idleness

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(Plants) another name for the wild pansy
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Noun1.love-in-idleness - a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derivedlove-in-idleness - a common and long cultivated European herb from which most common garden pansies are derived
viola - any of the numerous plants of the genus Viola
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In Shakespeare's day it was also known as love-in-idleness, which name he uses in The Taming of the Shrew.
In Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, love-in-idleness is the ingredient of Puck's magic potion, and Oberon's account of the flower's origin (2.
Again in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare writes: "Yet mark'd I where the bolt of Cupid fell;/It fell upon a little western flower,/Before milkwhite, now purple with love's wound,/ And maidens call it love-in-idleness.