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[mahy-uh-soh-tis] /ˌmaɪ əˈsoʊ tɪs/
any plant belonging to the genus Myosotis, of the borage family, having basal leaves and pink or white flowers, as the forget-me-not.
Also, myosote
[mahy-uh-soht] /ˈmaɪ əˌsoʊt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of myosotis
1700-10; < New Latin, Latin myosōtis < Greek myosōtís the plant mouse-ear, equivalent to myós (genitive of mŷs) mouse + -ōt- (stem of oûs) ear + -is noun suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Use in front of them such shade-loving plants as Lily of the Valley and myosotis.

    Amateur Gardencraft Eben E. Rexford
  • I told him a poem and I did sing him a song of fleurs de tante, of myosotis et anemone et romarin et iris et claire.

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • You have been black with powder and battle, now you are fair with the hue of the sky and the blue of the myosotis.

    The Waters of Edera Louise de la Rame, a.k.a. Ouida
  • myosotis, only one or two species here, and those very well marked.

  • The plant Mouse-ear (myosotis Arvensis) is called mouse-lug.

  • A bouquet of myosotis, which perhaps had heard the latter portion of our conversation, then took Ds arm and walked on with him.

    The Corsican Brothers Alexandre Dumas
  • And who is the lady, asked the bouquet of myosotis, who is so very shy as to be made the subject of a bet?

    The Corsican Brothers Alexandre Dumas
  • Well, gentlemen, said the bouquet of myosotis, it seems we cannot talk of anything but Chateau Renaud and his unknown fair one.

    The Corsican Brothers Alexandre Dumas
  • If you are good you may come to the Pier, and there we will talk edelweiss and myosotis, as all engaged people do.

  • Water Forget-me-nots (myosotis Palustris) flourish on the edges of ponds or rivers.

British Dictionary definitions for myosotis


any plant of the boraginaceous genus Myosotis See forget-me-not
Word Origin
C18: New Latin from Greek muosōtis mouse-ear (referring to its furry leaves), from muos, genitive of mus mouse + -ōt-, stem of ous ear
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