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posy

[poh-zee] /ˈpoʊ zi/
noun, plural posies.
1.
a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
2.
Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; syncopated variant of poesy
Can be confused
poesy, posey, posy.
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  • With a posy of dried stems he flicked the water onto the car from all angles, then anointed us.
British Dictionary definitions for posy

posy

/ˈpəʊzɪ/
noun (pl) -sies
1.
a small bunch of flowers or a single flower; nosegay
2.
(archaic) a brief motto or inscription, esp one on a trinket or a ring
Word Origin
C16: variant of poesy
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Word Origin and History for posy
n.

also posey, 1530s, "line of verse engraved on the inner surface of a ring," from poesy "poetry; a passage of poetry," which is recorded in this sense from early 15c. Meaning "flower, bouquet" first recorded 1570s, from notion of the language of flowers.

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Encyclopedia Article for posy

nosegay

small, hand-held bouquet popular in mid- 19th-century Victorian England as an accessory carried by fashionable ladies. Composed of mixed flowers and herbs and edged with a paper frill or greens, the arrangement was sometimes inserted into a silver filigree holder. When supplied by an admirer, a nosegay became a vehicle for the floral "language of love"-e.g., a red tulip was a declaration of love; a sprig of dogwood returned by the young lady was a sign of indifference; a variegated pink meant that she rejected her suitor's affection. This variety of bouquet has enjoyed periodic revivals.

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