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[mahr-guh-reet] /ˌmɑr gəˈrit/
Also called Paris daisy. the European daisy, Bellis perennis.
any of several daisylike flowers, especially Chrysanthemum frutescens, cultivated for its numerous white-rayed, yellow-centered flowers.
Origin of marguerite
1865-70; < French: daisy, pearl < Latin margarīta pearl < Greek; see margarite


[mahr-guh-reet; French mar-guh-reet] /ˌmɑr gəˈrit; French mar gəˈrit/
a female given name, French form of Margaret. Unabridged
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  • That is the way they did it; that is the way Benda and marguerite had done it.

    The Goose Man Jacob Wassermann
  • From Marot as a poet much was learned by marguerite of Navarre.

  • marguerite felt herself entangled in one of those webs, from which she could hope for no escape.

    The Scarlet Pimpernel Baroness Orczy
  • Here in Cuba, marguerite, the moon is other than with you in the north.

    Rita Laura E. Richards
  • The child was silent for a few moments and marguerite turned again to her own thoughts.

    With Hoops of Steel Florence Finch Kelly
British Dictionary definitions for marguerite


a cultivated garden plant, Chrysanthemum frutescens, whose flower heads have white or pale yellow rays around a yellow disc: family Asteraceae (composites)
any of various related plants with daisy-like flowers, esp C. leucanthemum
Word Origin
C19: from French: daisy, pearl, from Latin margarīta, from Greek margaritēs, from margaron
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Word Origin and History for marguerite

"oxeye daisy," 1866, from French marguerite (see Margaret). "According to French etymologists, this use of F. marguerite is not from the personal name, but comes directly from the sense 'pearl.' " [OED] In Middle English, margaret "a daisy" is attested from early 15c.

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