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love-in-idleness

noun
1.
another name for the wild pansy
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  • Shakespeare said maidens called it "love-in-idleness," and Drayton named it "heartsease."

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • "love-in-idleness" has passed into a proverb, and lovers, somehow, are not generally supposed to be industrious.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

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