from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A plant of the genus Sisyrinchium, especially S. angustifolium, with narrow grass-like leaves; blue-eyed grass.
  • noun The spring-beauty, Claytonia Virginica.


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  • The dark purple orchis, with bell gentian in equal quantity, say six of each in square yard, broken by sparklings of the white orchis and the white grass-flower; the richest piece of colour I ever saw, touched with gold by the geum.

    Proserpina, Volume 2 Studies Of Wayside Flowers John Ruskin 1859

  • This city which lives outdoors must play most in the open, and in its noble park, with its vast stretches of bright green, here empurpled by masses of the dainty grass-flower, there yellowing with the sheen of the buttercup, one finds the tireless golf-players leisurely strolling over the links; from yonder come the cries of the boys at ball; and in the farther distance you may see through the frame-like branches of a giant live-oak the students of a great university hard set at a game of tennis.

    Southern Stories Retold from St. Nicholas Various


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