forget-me-not

[fer-get-mee-not]
noun
1.
either of two small Old World plants, Myosotis sylvatica or M. scorpioides, of the borage family, having a light-blue flower commonly regarded as an emblem of constancy and friendship.
2.
any of several other plants of the genus Myosotis.
3.
any of various similar plants, especially of the genus Anchusa or Cynoglossum.
Also called scorpion grass (for defs 1, 2).


Origin:
1525–35; translation of Middle French ne m'oubliez mye

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forget-me-not
 
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Also called: scorpion grass any temperate low-growing plant of the mainly European boraginaceous genus Myosotis, having clusters of small typically blue flowers

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forget-me-not
the flowering plant Myosotis palustris, 1530s, from O.Fr. ne m'oubliez mye; in 15c. the flower was supposed to ensure that those wearing it should never be forgotten by their lovers. Similar loan-translations took the name into other languages, cf. Ger. Vergißmeinnicht, Swed. forgätmigej,
Hungarian nefelejcs, Czech nezabudka.
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Example sentences
Here is a forget-me-not, but no mouse's ear-forget-me-not, but a real one.
Her eyes had faded from cornflower to forget-me-not.
The blue field is for the sky and the forget-me-not, the state flower.
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