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Any of several plants having fragrant flowers, especially the carnation, stock, or wallflower.
[Alteration (influenced by flower) of Middle English gilofre, from Old French gilofre, girofle, clove, from Late Latin gariofilum, from Greek karuophullon : karuon, nut; see kar- in Indo-European roots + phullon, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]
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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]
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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|
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