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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.]


(ˈdʒɪlɪˌflaʊə) or


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)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gillyflower - any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowersgillyflower - any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Matthiola, Matthiola - genus of Old World plants grown as ornamentals
brompton stock, Matthiola incana - European plant with racemes of sweet-scented flowers; widely cultivated as an ornamental
2.gillyflower - Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowersgillyflower - Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors
garden pink, pink - any of various flowers of plants of the genus Dianthus cultivated for their fragrant flowers
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"Well, a booky as big almost as a haystack; I have put up two bottles of the gillyflower water for Mrs.
An' to think as he might ha' Mary Burge, an' be took partners, an' be a big man wi' workmen under him, like Mester Burge--Dolly's told me so o'er and o'er again--if it warna as he's set's heart on that bit of a wench, as is o' no more use nor the gillyflower on the wall.
According to CEVALLOS & REID (2001), the vase life of cut gillyflowers, narcissuses, irises, chrysanthemums, roses, and tulips is not changed when the plant is conditioned in water or dry, provided that the storage temperature is between 0 and 10[degrees]C.
Non stupisce, dunque, che la scelta del The Literary Review sia ricaduta su poesie - The Gillyflowers are barefoot kids, Lucania, The Father's Benediction, Sempre nuova e l'alba [Ever Fresh is the Dawn], They walk about on cat-feet, Expectations, Young Couple, The Beggars, You don't make us sleep, oh desperate cuckoo, The rule, For my fiancee at Easter, Mignonette, smell found and lost (Guenther and Sellin, 1959: 157-162)- dedicate alia terra e al microcosmo contadino lucano fatto di miseria e di privazioni, insomma una sorta di versione in versi dei temi e delle immagini affrontati nel Cristo si e fermato a Eboli.
Since picking up a guitar at 16, she's formed the band The Gillyflowers, joined Aberfeldy and last year released her debut album.
First of all, it was his fondness for the gillyflowers under his ground-floor windows that made him refuse his cousin's advice to change his rooms--thanks to this decision he was to meet Sebastian several months later.