pansy

[pan-zee]
noun, plural pansies.
1.
a violet, Viola tricolor hortensis, cultivated in many varieties, having richly and variously colored flowers.
2.
the flower of this plant.
3.
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a.
a male homosexual.
b.
a weak, effeminate, and often cowardly man.

Origin:
1490–1500; 1930–35 for def 3; < Middle French pensée pansy, literally, thought, noun use of feminine of past participle of penser to think < Latin pēnsāre to weigh, consider. See pensive

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Pansy

[pan-zee]
noun
a female given name.
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pansy (ˈpænzɪ)
 
n , pl -sies
1.  See also wild pansy any violaceous garden plant that is a variety of Viola tricolor, having flowers with rounded velvety petals, white, yellow, or purple in colour
2.  slang, offensive an effeminate or homosexual man or boy
3.  a.  a strong violet colour
 b.  (as adjective): a pansy carpet
 
[C15: from Old French pensée thought, from penser to think, from Latin pensāre]

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pansy
c.1450, from M.Fr. pensée "a pansy," lit. "thought, remembrance," from fem. pp. of penser "to think," from L. pensare "consider," freq. of pendere "to weigh" (see pensive). So called because it was regarded as a symbol of thought or remembrance. Meaning "effeminate
homosexual man" is first recorded 1929.
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