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[tuhs-ee-muhs-ee] /ˈtʌs iˈmʌs i/
a small bunch of flowers or herbs.
a cone-shaped holder for a bouquet.
Also called tuzzy-muzzy. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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