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forget-me-not

[fer-get-mee-not] /fərˈgɛt miˌnɒt/
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 def 1, 2.
Origin of forget-me-not
1525-1535
1525-35; translation of Middle French ne m'oubliez mye
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  • And on the marge were blue campanula, sundew, and forget-me-not, such as no child could resist.

    Lorna Doone R. D. Blackmore
  • The last one I went to I had a great success as a forget-me-not.

    Bird of Paradise Ada Leverson
  • And she pointed to the hedge-side, where there were violet, forget-me-not, bird's-eye and ground-ivy all growing together.

    The Land's End W. H. Hudson
  • She stared at him, her forget-me-not eyes dilating with dismay.

    The Way to Peace Margaret Deland
  • And thus it is how we became dwellers close to tranquil streams, and why our name is still 'forget-me-not.'

    Parables from Flowers Gertrude P. Dyer
  • There was a touch of fire in the forget-me-not blue of her eyes.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • "Then here it is," she said, plucking a posy of forget-me-not.

  • There are more than a dozen sorts of speedwells, but the forget-me-not is the prettiest.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
  • Her silk parasol, of the blue of a forget-me-not, rested against her knee, and at her breast was a cream-tinted rose.

    The Rake's Progress Marjorie Bowen
  • Miss Doreen sleeps in the forget-me-not Room; everything is blue there.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for forget-me-not

forget-me-not

noun
1.
any temperate low-growing plant of the mainly European boraginaceous genus Myosotis, having clusters of small typically blue flowers Also called scorpion grass
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Word Origin and History for forget-me-not
n.

the flowering plant Myosotis palustris, 1530s, from Old French 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. German Vergißmeinnicht, Swedish forgätmigej, Hungarian nefelejcs, Czech nezabudka.

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