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nosegay

[nohz-gey] /ˈnoʊzˌgeɪ/
noun
1.
a small bunch of flowers; bouquet; posy.
Origin of nosegay
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English: literally, a gay (obsolete, something pretty; see gay) for the nose (i.e., to smell)
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British Dictionary definitions for nosegay

nosegay

/ˈnəʊzˌɡeɪ/
noun
1.
a small bunch of flowers; posy
Word Origin
C15: from nose + archaic gay a toy
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Word Origin and History for nosegay
n.

"bunch of flowers," early 15c., from nose (n.) + gay in an obsolete noun sense of "gay or bright thing."

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