from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The carnation or a similar plant of the genus Dianthus.
- n. Any of several plants, such as the wallflower, that have fragrant flowers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. clove pink
- n. Any clove-scented flower.
- n. A variety of apple.
- n. A stylized representation of a carnation blossom, usually red, and shown with or without a slip and leaves.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A name given by old writers to the clove pink (Dianthus Caryophyllus) but now to the common stock (Matthiola incana), a cruciferous plant with showy and fragrant blossoms, usually purplish, but often pink or white.
- n. A kind of apple, of a roundish conical shape, purplish red color, and having a large core.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The clove-pink or carnation, Dianthus Caryophyllus, especially one of the smaller varieties.
- n. The Cheiranthus Cheiri. This is the plant which now usually bears the name, distinguished as the wall-gillyflower. See Cheiranthus.
- n. The wallflower, Matthiola incana, distinguished as the stock-gillyflower, but more frequently known as the stock.
- n. A name of several other plants, as the cuckoo- or marsh-gillyflower, Lychnis Flos-cuculi; the feathered gillyflower, Dianthus plumarius; the queen′ s, rogue′ s, or winter gillyflower, Hesperis matronalis; the sea-gillyflower, Armeria vulgaris; and the water-gillyflower, Hottonia palustris.
- n. The gillyflower-apple.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several Old World plants cultivated for their brightly colored flowers
- n. Eurasian plant with pink to purple-red spice-scented usually double flowers; widely cultivated in many varieties and many colors
Alteration (influenced by flower) of Middle English gilofre, from Old French gilofre, girofle, clove, from Late Latin gariofilum, from Greek karuophullon : karuon, nut; + phullon, leaf.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
By folk etymology, with influence from flower, from French girofle, gilofre, from Late Latin caryophyllum, from Ancient Greek καρυοφυλλον (karyophyllon, "dried flower buds of the clove tree"). (Wiktionary)