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sweet william

or sweet William

a pink, Dianthus barbatus, having clusters of small, variously colored flowers.
Also called bunch pink.
Origin of sweet william
1555-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She picked lavender and sweet-william and pinks, and bunched them up together.

    The Pot of Gold Mary E. Wilkins
  • It feeds on the seeds of catchfly, campion, and will eat those of sweet-william and garden pinks.

  • By his side was a basin tied up in a cotton handkerchief; in the buttonhole of his coat there was a sprig of sweet-william.

  • Beside it is the mossy burial-ground, where prim old ladies walk on Sunday afternoons, with sprigs of sweet-william.

    Saint Patrick Heman White Chaplin
  • With this class belongs the sweet-william (dianthus barbatus), which should be sown and treated in a like manner.

    The Garden, You, and I Mabel Osgood Wright
British Dictionary definitions for sweet-william

sweet william

a widely cultivated Eurasian caryophyllaceous plant, Dianthus barbatus, with flat clusters of white, pink, red, or purple flowers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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