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wall·flow·er

 (wôl′flou′ər)
n.
1. Any of various plants of the genus Erysimum of the mustard family, having fragrant yellow, orange, or brownish flowers, especially the widely cultivated species E. cheiri.
2. One who does not participate in the activity at a social event because of shyness or unpopularity.
3. A security, company, or industry that is out of favor with investors.

wallflower

(ˈwɔːlˌflaʊə)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: gillyflower a plant, Cheiranthus cheiri, of S Europe, grown for its clusters of yellow, orange, brown, red, or purple fragrant flowers and naturalized on old walls, cliffs, etc: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2. (Plants) any of numerous other crucifers of the genera Cheiranthus and Erysimum, having orange or yellow flowers
3. informal a person who stays on the fringes of a dance or party on account of lacking a partner or being shy

wall•flow•er

(ˈwɔlˌflaʊ ər)

n.
1. a person who, because of shyness, lack of a partner, etc., remains at the side at a party or dance.
2. any person, organization, etc., that remains on the sidelines of any activity.
3. a European plant, Cheiranthus cheiri, of the mustard family, that has sweet-scented yellow or orange flowers when growing wild on walls or cliffs but is less scented and vivid when cultivated.
4. any of several related plants of the genus Erysimum.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wallflower - any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowerswallflower - any of numerous plants of the genus Erysimum having fragrant yellow or orange or brownish flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
Erysimum, genus Erysimum - large genus of annual or perennial herbs some grown for their flowers and some for their attractive evergreen leaves; Old World and North America
Cheiranthus allionii, Erysimum allionii, Siberian wall flower - showy erect biennial or short-lived perennial cultivated for its terminal racemes of orange-yellow flowers; sometimes placed in genus Cheiranthus
2.wallflower - perennial of southern Europe having clusters of fragrant flowers of all colors especially yellow and orangewallflower - perennial of southern Europe having clusters of fragrant flowers of all colors especially yellow and orange; often naturalized on old walls or cliffs; sometimes placed in genus Erysimum
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
Cheiranthus, genus Cheiranthus - Old World perennial plants grown for their showy flowers
3.wallflower - remains on sidelines at social eventwallflower - remains on sidelines at social event
shrinking violet, shy person - someone who shrinks from familiarity with others
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wallflower

[ˈwɔːlˌflaʊəʳ] Nalhelí m
to be a wallflowercomer pavo, ser la fea del baile

wallflower

[ˈwɔːlflaʊər] n
(= plant) → giroflée f
to be a wallflower (at dance, social event)faire tapisseriewall hanging ntenture f (murale), tapisserie fwall-mounted [ˌwɔːlˈmaʊntɪd] adjmural(e)

wallflower

[ˈwɔːlˌflaʊəʳ] nviolaciocca (gialla) (fig) to be a wallflowerfare (da) tappezzeria
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No, my dear fellow, I'll be a wallflower," said Denisov.
I can buy new-laid eggs in Leadenhall Market, any morning before breakfast; and as to flowers, it's worth a run upstairs to smell my mignonette, or to see the double wallflower in the back-attic window, at No.
And I noticed another, by the aid of my nostrils; a fragrance of stocks and wallflowers wafted on the air from amongst the homely fruit- trees.
Skimpole himself reclined upon the sofa in a dressing-gown, drinking some fragrant coffee from an old china cup--it was then about mid-day--and looking at a collection of wallflowers in the balcony.
At the very time when he knew papa was lying ill by his wallflowers, looking at the blue sky," Laura complained.
Outside the balustrade of the tower, directly under the point where the priest had paused, there was one of those fantastically carved stone gutters with which Gothic edifices bristle, and, in a crevice of that gutter, two pretty wallflowers in blossom, shaken out and vivified, as it were, by the breath of air, made frolicsome salutations to each other.
Evidently the cousins knew the value of this warm aspect, for in the border beneath, filled in my father's time in this month of November with the wallflowers that were to perfume the walk in spring, there was a thick crop of--I stooped down close to make sure--yes, a thick crop of radishes.
Crane, in trying to pass him, ran one wheel over a bed of wallflowers.
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