noun, plural posies.
a flower, nosegay, or bouquet.
Archaic. a brief motto or the like, as one inscribed within a ring.

1400–50; late Middle English; syncopated variant of poesy

poesy, posey, posy.
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posy (ˈpəʊzɪ)
n , 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
[C16: variant of poesy]

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Word Origin & History

1533, "line of verse engraved on the inner surface of a ring," from poesy (q.v.), recorded in this sense from c.1430. Meaning "flower, bouquet" first recorded 1573, from notion of the language of flowers.
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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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With a posy of dried stems he flicked the water onto the car from all angles, then anointed us.
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