By the aid of a microscope, a 'gillyflower' was seen protecting a chrysalis.
In a wet place the "gillyflower" was growing, suggesting our dentaria, or crinkle-root.
The latter is a fragrant yellow-colored water, prepared from gillyflower, jasmine, and flor de mistela (Talinum umbellatum).
"It's no use, gillyflower," she would reply with a weary little smile.
Even you couldn't cut through 'ropes of steel,' my gillyflower.
Ten Week Stock—the "gillyflower" of grandmother's garden—is a late bloomer.
"I believe I could be quite good here, gillyflower," pursued Magda reflectively.
"You're such a dear, gillyflower," she said with that impulsive, lovable charm of manner which it was so difficult to resist.
I cannot talk to you any more, my gillyflower, though I am leaving volumes unsaid.
1550s, folk etymology spelling (by association of flower) of gilofre, originally "clove," c.1300, from Old French girofle "clove," ultimately from Greek karyophyllon "clove, nut leaf, dried flower bud of clove tree," from karyon "nut" (see karyo-) + phyllon "leaf" (see folio). The flower so named for its scent, so called from late 14c.